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John A. Shields 



Particularly the Oldest and Host Nu- 
merous Branch of that Family in our 
America; an Account of the Ancestor 
and Descendants of "The Ten Brothers 
of Sevier County, in Tennessee " 


John A. Shields- 


To the end that those of whoso descendants we are an. ./hose 
names many of us bear may not be forgotten blit nay find a proper place 
in the. history and memory of our American race, I have undertaken to 
collect such facts as are obtainable regarding the forefathers of our 
own Shields family. There has not, to my knowledge, been any other attempt 
made to sot down suoh a comprehensive record; this one is far fron com- 
plete. Entire branches, representing many hundreds of individuals, have 
been lost to us. Frequently onl a name, sometimes a date or two, often 
merely a line, sets forth all we know of the eotivities of o life time 
of seventy busy years. 

This data has been gathered with painstaking effort from sour- 
ces innumerable: From family Bibles, land, law and Church records, 
official documents, private letters, memory, tradition, aid what not. 
Most of it is, I trust, fairly accurate; some of it may be incorrect; 
none of it is as complete as it should be. Thus far it las been a stu- 
pendous task; its completion will be tedious and full of discouragements 
and disappointments, k few years ago it would have been easier; a few 
years hence much of it v^ould have been forever lost. 

This pamphlet is not for sale; it is only a beginning. I have 
made a few copies, with much labor, hoping that others into whose Hands 
they may fall will add sue.: corrections and new material as ought to 
appear if the book shall ever be published, i wish I were able to pub- 
lish it yoroperly and hand sorely; many would prize a fittiny vnenorial to 
our own who have yone before; it would be even more highly appreciated 
by generations yet unborn. Someday someone ./ill co this. Therefore, I 
am sure that all who can will contribute to its correction aad completion 
as willingly as I have tried to do my part, Much that we may do nov., even 
poorly, if left for a few years can never be done at all. 

804 Sykes Block, 

inneapolis, .inn. 
December, 1917. ' UK SIHLDS. 


There are at least t.-o distinct familes bearing the aa-e Shields. 
One, originating among the Scandinavia s of northern iiurope, found its 
•way into Tagland at about the time of the l 'orman Conquest; the other 
traces its ancestry to the Gaels of Persia, who migrated t.rough Egypt 
and Phoenecia, along the Levant and the northern shores of the Mediter- 
ranean into Spain, and tiienoe into Ireland, where their rule -was un- 
broken for more than two thousand years, prior to the horman ^enquest, 
in 1172. 

Oglieh fields arc descended from an early royal family 
ark, nowd "cyld. The "soyld" in inglo-Saxon, or n 3kiold r in 
Danish, Vceorcs "fhieW when translated into Bnglieh* the three forms 
being identical in meaning/ The additional faot that a sketch of this 
instrument of early warfare is prominently displayed in the coats -of - 
arms of bhe flltttui i ranches of this Shields family indicates quite 
clearly the ori X- of the ::ame. 

The Irish Shields derive their nana from the old Iri3h word 
"siadbal," the modern form being spelled "shields," which means cul- 
utred, ma inerly, polished, iebonair, iha dssi ,n on the escutcheon of 
the family consists of - .-ound, on which are depicted three golden 

cr: g, ;' BtbtfT t! m I M eagle j la, bearing in its beak a streamer 
upon which is ioeoribeO, in the Irish language, the motto, ''.,i>aih Pefore 
Dishonor." BltW is Ireland's own heraldic color; the three crowns are 
doubtless a vestige of the arus of ouster. 

the iBiaa 

The ar.oient chronicles o. Ireland are the oldest end most com- 
plete recorded historical data of early European civilisation in existence, 
■"•hey prove the Irish to be the oldest nation in Europe, end interweave 
their story nor alone with the stories of Egypt, Israel, rhoeneoia, and 
Greece, but with those of Noah and the antedeluvian world as well. 
Land records, la.v records, and records of ftther proceedings that were 
officially registered acoording to laws and customs peculiar to that 
country wo •• kept for many centuries during the arl-/ and middle ages, and 
enormous quantities of them are no., available. Uirough these records, 
supplemented prehaps by tradition, students of early Irish history liave 
traoed the Shields name back to the man who first bore it. 

The First Shields 

Pre-Christian Ireland was divided into five kingdoms, the 
southern most of which was Munsterj the clan of O'Brion, .vhoso capital 
ma at Cashel, was the royal family. In the third or fourth centruy, 
so the story is told, a younger so.i of the »Brien who was then kin;, of 
i:u .ster, upon attaining his majority, took a portion of ,.is patrimony 
and traveled over the continent of urope for some twenty years. On his 
return he v«as dubbed a knight and invested with the title "Siadhal," or 
"Shields," which is the Irish form of the name during the Kiddle ages. 

The name refers to the culture and gracious maimers the young man had 
acquired faring his travels. In Latin tiie name becones 'Sedulius. 1 

Caelius Sedulius, known as "The Christian Virgil, " la said to 
have been t: e first member cf tl is faulty known to history* He .rrote 
"Carmen Paschale," and introduced rhyme into Laten pootry. 

Scotus Sedulous, of the court of Charlemagne, mas also of this 
family, A biogrgfay of this scholar, b; "1 ■ , was written In German 
and pulli-' loh, in 1906. 

There are sir Siadhals mentioned in the "Annals of the our Mas- 
ters," collections of the chronological history of early Ireland, between 
the years , One of these was present at the Council of -ome in 

721. ., • Vbf-t or jldare, and died in 828. The best known, 

howvver ai the a important* was Siahdal who, during the reign of the 
Emperor Lothair, 840 to 85J5, was a teacher at Liege, now in tiie kingdom 
of Belgium* 

"edxxl ius Scotus 

It appears from the manuscript records of the ninth Century 
that ■ • t St* Lambert College, 1 :' , vas knovm 

as Scotus Sedulius, or, in the latin, form, Sednlius Scotus. Be was • scribe 
an poet* also e student of GrceV . ■o.-crdii?- te ontfauoan, it was he 
who copied tfce Greek Psalter, now number 8047 is the "Bibiiethaqwe de 
L'Arsencle," is xris. -is poena, to the number of ninety, wer« published 
by Traubc in the "Poetae kmvi Carolltti," which la aportion of the "Monu- 
mentae Cernania Rlstorica," It is quite probable that toward the end of 
8 j.e established a school at Milan, when and where he c'ied is un- 

The most important works of Sedulius Jcotus sre hia treatise 
"DE Itectoribus -:iii'istianis"— Concerning Christian Bulera, Ids Commentary 
M i-ogic of • ristotle, arf i;? -cripturc Commentary, In Latin, entitled 
"Coll sotonao in QaNM Eeatae Faulae Lpistoles." the first of these is a 
noteworthy contribution to Christian ethics. It is the first of many 
treatises written for the instruction of Christian princes and rulers, an 
exposition of the duties peculair to that stare of life. 

This' notable man wrote nany oth r works, least interest- 
ing of which aro hie letters, bosk of which are published in the "Neues 
Arohiv, II, 188, IV, 315." In them he narrates the vicissitudes of the 
Irish exiles in urope, and excellent article on Sedulius Scotus appears 
in the Catholic Lncyclopedia. 

A Prominent Family 

It would appear, from what we t'.re able to leam from scholars 
and historians who are constantly delving into such matters, that the 
Shields family ha* een prominent all down through thi a es. The earlier 
members o: the family wore chiefly distinguisad in eonnei bioa with liter- 
ature and religion, but in those tines "reland was the center of learning 
and evangelism for all llurope. At a later da\e, Ln the couth, partioularly 
in Galwav, thoy were the heriditary guardians of medical secrets. 


Ia America 

In American history the family is well represented by General 
James Shields, he only man who ever represented throe states in the 
United States Senate, a hero of the ,'exican and the Civil ars, whose 
statue lias a niche in the Hall o r'ame; by hohn Shields, one of the little 
band of explorers, led by Lewis an Clark on the famous expedition to 
Oregon in 1803 j by Moody Kite thiols, the eminent Presbyterian divine, 
for forty years professor of theology in Princeton University; by George 
0, Shields, a leading naturalist, sportsman, and editor j by John Knight 
Shields, at present United States Senator from Tennessee. There are 
many othrs of note. The mother of President John Tyler was a daughter 
of a Shields, Another descendant of this family, on his mother's side, 
was Jolin Tipton, General in the United States Army, United States Com- 
missioner of Indian -f fairs, ana united States Senator from Indiana; he was 
the only son of Janet Shields ,J -ipton, 

There are many hundreds of people now living in America, bearing 
the name Shields, inherited from a common ancestor, whose kin-ship among 
each oth- r has never been and probably never can be established. 


(1600 to 1760) 

ftlliam Shields 
2. John Shields ) 

2. illiam Shields ) - See following .ages ofr their descendants, 

2. Daniel Shields (?) ) 
B« >• :es Shields 

3. Villian Shields 

4. Jane Shields ) 

4. Bliga Shields ) - Sec following pages for their 

4. Thomas Shields ) decendants. 

4. James Kiel's ) 

4. John Shields 

5. John Shields ) 
5. Thorns Shields ) 
5. BSa.x*y Shlolda ) 
5, uobert Shields ) 

6. The family of the "ten brothers." 

At a comparatively early date, just when is unknown, a "branch 
of the Shields family m*e& from southern to northern Ireland, settleing 
in County Tyrone, 'ay, if not all, of the mashers of this family had 

joined the .'rotostants at about the tine of the Reformation — 1510 - 1550. 

Till jam /Melds, of bounty .ntr im 

In the neighboring bounty Antrim, on the shore of beautiful Lough 
Neagh, not 3p.y years before or eft-sr 1600, was born Silliam •Jhiedls, from 
whom has descended the most numerous a3 well as the most prominent Shields 
raoe in the ^ew or Id. Mtle is known of his life. In 16o3, while resid- 
ing in County Armagh, there was born to him a son, name d Jams, tl.rough 
whose family line the main thread of this story runs, James had a brother 
whether older or younger is not known, whose namo was William, and another, 
much younger, and whose .lame -vas John. There may have been other members 
of the family; it has been asserted that there was another nam d aniel, 
but of this the writer has no conclusive evide ice. 

■illiam, the fath r, wa3 one of th victims of Cronwell's pro- 
secution of the Irish. There have been few, if any, people in tLe history 
of the vrorld treated with greater cruelty ti^aa the Irish. England* 8 treat- 
ment of Ireland is one of the most shameful stories of all history; &nd 
Cronwell's part in it is store Shameful than the tost, ^e treated the Irish 
as if they were not rarely intruders, but outlaws in their own land} It 
required six years and 600,000 lives for him to ostablish his policy in 

One searches history in vain for a parallel to the grand Cron- 
wellian scheme, which «as carried out to the letter; the entire Dative 
population was, before ; r a 1, 1654, to depart in a body for Con aught, 
there to anhabit a sHall reservation in a desolate traot between the shan- 
non ^iver an' the sea, of which it has been said by one o ." the ^or.imiss ioners 
engaged in endorcing tlie decree, ''there v.-as not fuel enough, to v.arm, 
water enough to drovm, or earth enough to bury a man." They must not go 


within two miles of ch river or four miles of the sea, u oordon of soldiers 
being permanently stutior.ej with orders there to kill anyone overstepping 
the linits. 

Any Irish who, after the dste named, were found outside the appoint- 
ed area were to suffer death. We reac of piteous pleas for time to collect 
a few comforts and provide for food aad shelter j but at the blast of the 
trumpet, urged on by bayonets, the wretched tide of humanity, men, women, 
children, the infirm, the sick, high and low, prince una peasant, poured 
into Con-:au ht to share starvation and banishment, -he fat- of hose left 
behing was even worse. Those v.ho •■■ere not executed were drrwn upon sl* 
ships and taken to foreign lands, most ot them to be heard from nevermore. 
- : illiam Shields, the father, is said to havo lost his life during the en- 
forcement of this inhuman decree, ana his sons for no crime other tlian that 
of being an Irishman. 

The Sons Found Families in America 

Tilliam's sons, James, John, and ..illiani, founded large families 
in American. Traoing their descendants to the present day is not the pur- 
pose of this sketch, even if it were possiel^, but it may not be out of 
place to say that many branches of these early families have been thue 
followed down. A brief reference to these various families may be of 

rt illiam and James were deported to the Barbadoes Islands, in the 
Est Indies, in 1655. They did no long remain there, ho.-.ever, ie are 
told that hilliam settled, we km* not when, at ^illiamsburg, v irginia. 
-' r uch inform-ition concerning his descendants is to be found in the truton 
Church records of the city, nis son, James, kept a tavern an; an ordinary 
inn in .»illiamsbur^, am died there in 1727. James unields, who was a 
son of the tavern-feeeper, Anne, the daughter of Juines the surveyor, was 
the aothcr of ?;'ary Arraatead, who inarrioe Seferaer vyl&r, oi.' Vir inia, and 
the grandmother of John Tyler, the tenth President of the United States. 
General John Page Shields, who lost his life ..hiie serving ia bhc •• onf i - 
erate amy, was also a great gra.idson of James, the surveyor. 

John, who still a mere child at the time of the Oro.'jwellian exile, 
spent his life la IrelaM, In 1739, when an old man, he, Kith his son 
William* then a lad of twelve, sailed for America, ftie father died en route 
and was buried in the ocean. llliaa lande^ at evoastle, ia elwwaro or 
Maryland, where he lived for two years among his cousins, **e later settled 
at Frederic!: eouaty, Maryland, his descendants are numerous, and are acat- 
tered all over the United States, many of then livin. In j.e messoe and 
other southern states. John Knight Shields, United States Senator from 
Tennessee, is 1 -rert, great granuson of this immigrant .illiam shields. 

*t may not be amiss to include here a reference to haniel, who Is 
thought by some to have been a brother of ..illian, John, an.:, ames, and who 
is referred to by others as a cousin of these three, Be, with one son, urns 
killed while fighting in the army of James II at the Battle of the Boyne, 
in 1G90. One of his remianing lona later became a high official in the 
Spanish army, and was for a time -o/ernor-General of Cuba. Another sur- 
viv'ng son/ Daniel, remained la Ireland, as did his descendents for two 
generations. This .ranch of the family, or at least oae part of it, was 
re-converted to the Catholic faith. James Shields, Seneral and United 

States Senator, dm a great grandson of this survivor of the Battle of 
the Boyne. General Shields founded a large Iri3h settlement in the vic- 
inity of Shieldsville, Minnesota j ho is the only man -vho has ever r: pre- 
sented three different st» es in the United States Senate; his picture 
is the central figure in one of the great bat tie -pictures of the world, 
that of Chapultepec, in the rotunda of the u apitol, at Hashingtenj he 
was selected by the Legislator of Illinois as one of its two ori ginal 
representatives whoso statue* were placed in the Hall of Fame? he "is 
buried in Oarrolton, Missouri, where a fine monument has boen erected by 
that state to his memory. 

James Shields, the other son of illiam of *-ntrim, and the one 
of special importance in connectio . with xhis history, remained in the 
Barbadoes Islands only a short time, havin _ come to Maryland before 1660. 
^e was the immigrant founder of the largest of the American Shields fam- 
ilies, the writer being one of his Many descendants, of the eight* gen- 

Preceding the "Ten Brothers" 

When and where James Shields, the immigrant, died we do not 
know. Neither do we know anything of his life or his family further than 
what is inducted in a faimly history v/ritten b; : , .illiam Hathaway, son of 
George and Bliss Shields Hathaway, an" great grandson of James Shields, 
in 1790. It is as follows: 

"My great grandfather on the Shields side was James Shields. 
Be -was born in County Armagh in the year 1635. His father was born in 
County Antrim, 4 about the twentieth year of his ago he and his brother 
and- many others were arrested by the English and deported to the Barbadoes 
ilands. He came to Baltimore before ldGO. He settled first in Kent County 
and then in Newcastle. His brother John and family came to America about 
the year 1738 or 1740. I was a mere child when they arrived. Cousin 
..'illiam lived with us about two years, his father laving died on the ocean. 
The family settled in Frederick County. Ihave not seen any of them for 
nearly fifty years. Cousin illiam has a large family. Great grandfather 
Shields died when my mother was a little girl. 

"My grandfather was .; illiam Shields. He was born in Kent 
County in the year 1668. My gr ndraotirr on my mother s side was Jeanette 
Parker. nrnt Jane was born January 15, 1696. She died in Lancaster County 
in the year 1750. I hau four uncles. One died young, ncle lem was 
born in the year 1699. Uncle James wee born in the year 1694. Uncle John 
was born in the year 1709. They lived first in Chester County and ten 
moved to lugusta County, Virginia. Mether was born ana on June 3, 1704. 
She died in Chester County in the year 1742, being stri iken with pneumonia. 
Grandfather was killed by a falling log while helping one of my uncles 
build a house in irginia in 1741. Grand moth r lived with aunt Jane until 
her death. Uncle James died about the ..ear 1750. Bis son John was a- 
bout my a;e. Be visited us soon after. I have never seen him since then. 
B« was living in Berth Carolina a few years ago. Uncle *ora died just be- 
fore the war. Several of my cousins were in the Continental army. Uncle 
Tom's children moved away and I do not knew where they are. Some of then 
went south I think. Uncle John's ehildren scattered. d n e lived in Penn- 
sylvania. One went to lorth Carolina, One went to Boone s settlement in 
Prankland a few years a o. Some o: them still live in Virginia. My relatives 
on mother's side were all large, stron ;, long-lived industrious people." 


Little of interest has been f ovoid in addition to the foregoing. 
The early records of Kent County, Maryland, indicate the marriage ofq 
William Shields and Jeanette Parker in 1692, and ^lso show thai Thomas 
Parker, of Kent County, by will dated July 17, 1695, proven September 2, 
1695, willed to his scn-in-law, William Shields, certain property. 

The Three Brothers in Virginia 

The Chalkley Records, and other historical data of Augusta 
County, Virginia, (which ncluded territory that has since been organized 
into half a dozen states), make frequent reference to Thomas, James^ and 
John Shields, who settled in what is now lv ockingham County, in the Shenandoah 
Valle: of Virginia, in 1740, havine: come from Chester County, Pennsylvania. 

James Shields was listed as a "cordwainer," or shoemaker. L 
1746 he bought 298 | acres of land on Moffett ( s creek. He died in April, 
1749, leaving a widow, whose maiden name was Jean Armstrong, and a minor 
son, John. Having left no will, his brother John was appointed to administer 
his estate. The son John, shortly thereafter, settled at Eockfish Gap, in 
Amherst County, Virginia, but in 1752 h© bought land from Beverly llanor, 
situatied near the original plot of ^offett's Creek, which \tos paid for 
by his unole John, 

James and his son John were involved in a lawsuit that is re- 
corded under tho title of Robert Robertson vs. James and 3ohn Shields, 
In 1746 J ames Shields sold to ■dlliara Snowdon a tract of land in Borden's 
grant, which Snowden subsequently sold to Kobertson. The r cords in the 
original transfer were not properly entered and Aobertson brough suit in 
174C to quiet the title. James died before its s ettlementj hence the 
minor son John was made defendant. The answer was made by John Shields, 
the unci , as guardian. The sheriffls return in the case i:jdicate3 that 
in 1752 John, the defendant, lived in Albemarle County, Virginia. 

Thomas Shields purchased land from Beverly Manor August 18, 1747, 
which he sold to Mathew Thompson in 1761. ri is estate was appraised Feb- 
ruary 19, 1782, which indicates that he died prior to that date. The 
hathaway record puts the date of his death as 1765. 

John Shields, the grandfather of the "ten brothers," round 
whom this sketch oenters very largely, purchased 225 acres of land from 
Beverly Manor in 1742. His will v,as filed January 23, 1772, in whioh he 
is called a free-holder. It taemtious his wife, Uargaret, (We do not know 
her maiden name but have reason to elieve that it was erry, ) and sons 
John, Thomas, and Robert, and a daughter Vary* -obert was the father of 
the "ten brothers." He was married in 1761 to Nanoy Stookton. 

The Stocktons 

Since this sketch will be of interest chiefly to descendants 
of the "ten brothers," we now break the thread of che Shields Geneaology 
long enough to include sue;; information as is obtainable concerning the 
mother of these men, and her anoestors. 

Davis Stockton, the grandfather of -lancy Stookton Shields, 
is said to have come from the north of Ireland in the early 1700s, and 
to have settled first in Lanoaster County, Pennsylvania, and in 1734, 
in G^pctland, now -^lbenarle ^ounty, Virginia. &e was given a grant of 
400 acres of land in that count;- on 1'iaroh 12, 1739, ^e died in 1769. 

is wife a name was Sarah. Their ohildern were ■'"•ichard , Jilliam, Thomas 
and Hannah j the latter married Adam Godylouch of Albemarle. 

'■The son Richard, referred to above, also obtained a brant of 
400 acres of land in Albemarle County July 25, 1745, and later other grants 
in the sane C 0U nty. lie made his will July 21, 1775, and it was proved 
Ootobe.- of the same year, indicating tliat iiis death occurred between those 
dates. His wife's name is not known, -e had five sons and eight daughters , 
namely: Thomas, Joim, -obert, ^avid, and Richard, and. ^kiragaret, Sarah, 
^inneford, Jemima, Elisabeth* i-eborah, one vtIioss name is unknown, and 

anoy; flanoy married Robert ^hields, in 1761. Joim Stockton, above named, 
was a signer of the -lbemarle declaration of Independence. 

The Outlines, 

From this point on this story concerns itself o ;ly with the 
descendants of Hobert and Hancy "'tockton Shields. 


The year 1761, the date of the marriage of Robert ^hields and 
"anoy Stockton, markes the beginning of the "modern' ; history of our 
division of the Shields famil. . x o this union were born eleven children 
a daughter and ten sons. The probable or der of their births is observed 
in the followin ; list, as nearly as the writer has been able to determine 
it from correlative "nvoraation: 

Janet James 

Thomas Robert 

Richard John 

David Joseph 

illiam Benjamin 


All of these were born in what aws then Augusta County, Vir. 
theri birthplace being perhaps within what is now Reokingham County. It 
is my purpose to set down the family histories of these eleven children 
and their descendants in-so-far as I have bean able to gather the facts 
co .cerni kg them. 

Seeking a New home 

Between 1732 and 1770 numerous groups of people from i-kryl&nd 
and - onnsylvania, largely Scotch aid Irish, had wended their way southward 
through the mountain troughs; and among these pdWmeers of 1740 we find the 
three Shields brothers previously referred to. Sot a fev; penetrated to 
the Shenandoah Valley through the pusses of the Blue Ridge from eastern 
Virginia and the &arolonas. The line of settlement had benn gradually 
pushed forward until at the close of the Revolution it had reached the 
upper waters of the Yadkin Mver, in the northwest corner of orth Carolina; 
and there were no longer any free lands in that entire region. The far- 
outlying frontier upon which Robert Shields' father and uncles liad reared 
huts forty years before no longer abounded in game and free pasture for 
rovi g herds j indeed, the frontier liad been pushed forward to the west- 
flowing streams— to the head -water of the Monongahela, ./atauga, Clinch, 
French Broad, and Holston. 

At about this time -^obert Shields, with a loarge family of boys 
some of them already full-grown, began to feel the pressure for more 
room caused by the rising tide of population in the fertile Shenandoah* 
The forbidding mountain ranges had long hemmed in the settlers, and the 
savages had formed a still more serious barr'er to the slowly advancing 
outposts of civilization. The treaty at the close of the Revolutionary 
War had given to the United States the territory between the Alleghany 
mountains and the Mississippi, and with increasing knowledge of the mountain 
pass ;s, and graving pressure of population behind, there had arisen a 
general desire to scale the hills and to seek free lands and exemption 
from tax-oollectors beyond them. 

Already Daniel Boone had been makeing excursions across the 
mountains. is glewing tales of the enormous supplies of game, the great 
fertility of the land, the desirability of the climate and the beauty of 
the country had persuaded oth r restless spirits to visit the west country. 
In the- early 1780s the government of Berth Carolina, of which the present 
state of Tennessee was then a part, began offering very liberal induce- 
ments to settlers to occupy the western lands. Land offices were established 

in May, 1783, to sell to immigrants for a few cents an acre, and grants 
were made to Revolutionary soldiers to repay them for services rendered 
during the vaar. large number of families, particularly of the Irish and 
Scotoh-Irish settlements of »irgim and '.forth Carolina, moved westward, 
fflth this tide of immigration, in 1784, came Robert and infancy Shields, 
with their daughter Janet and the "ten brothers." During that year the 
new settlements extended westward as far as the big island in the French 
Broad River, thirty miles above the present site of Rnoxville, 
and on the very outskirts, on the banks of Middle Creek, which flows into 
the little Pigeon, which is in turn a tributary of the French Broad, Robert 
established his family in Shields Fort, built on what is now the F, D, . . 
McMahen farm, near the present village of Pigeon Forge* close by Shields 
Mountain, in what ia now Sevier County* Tennessee. 

The Trail 

There were no roads across the mountains in those days. 
Vehicles were left behind. Pack-horses carried such scanty equipment as 
the settlers brought. The trading path from Virginia, undoubtedly the 
route traveled* by this immigrant family, as described in Haywood's history 
of i'eunessee, p.oceeds nearly upon the ground that the Buckingham road has 
since taken to the point where it strikes the state road in Bottetourt 
County; thence it runs nearly upon the ground that the state roar now 
occupies, crossing the Raw River at the ford at English's Ferry, onward 
to the Seven Mile t'ord on the Rolston River; thence it proceeds on the 
left of the present state road, keeping rear the river, to the i'orth Fork 
of tie liolston, crossing the same st the ford where the state road now 
orossed it, thenoe following the state road to to Big Creek. There it 
leaves the ground of the stage road, and crossing the holstou at Bodson's 
Ford, three miles, southeast of Rogersville, it runs by the Grassy Springs, 
nine miles southwest of Rogersville, thence down the waters of the :iolichucky 
to the Freneh Broad, and crossing the same below the mouth of the Littl. 
Pigeon River, follows up the Little Pigeon to its ford. In this vicinty. 
On the outskirts of a frontier extending some four hundred miles, surrouned 
by mountains, hemmed in with heavy timber, Shields Fort vra.3 erected. 
Only a year earlier the great pioneer, Daniel Boone, had complainingly 
remarked, "I must be moving on; why, a man has taken up a cabin not 
twenty-five miles from my door." 

^rdlv had the vanguard of civilization crossed the mountains 
w: en the Mian massacres began. Between 1760 and 1795 every otner male 


settler hac fallen by bhe tomahawk or the In ia i rifle. 2Fhey went i o m 
amid the solitude and silence of the wilderness, where few would mourn 
their fall, and perhaps not even a rude stone would tell their :\a:;es to 
the coming gneeratio is. Many, discouraged and broken, re-crosjed the 
mountains to the old settlements in the east; but tije entire Skiedls 
family remained. Trials abundant fell to their lot; but having resolved 
to sake this their home, neither isolation nor harship nor fear of death 
could shake their resolution. 

The Fort 

Practically all of the early settlers lived in f orst. S Q e- 
tines these were large community affairs, housing two or three hundred 
people* again a single family would accupy a stockade of its own« The 
forts of the i4 merioan frontier type would funnish slight defense against 
an enemy armed with evern the slightest of modern artillery; but trey were 
generally sufficient to withstand a foe possessing onl. tomahawks and 
fliuclocks. The ordinary style was an oblong space surrounded by walls 
about twelve feet high, consisting of double rows of logs standing on end; 
earth dug up from a ditch that encircled the fort was piled against the 
bases of these palisades, Inside and out, to steady them; they wore all 
fastened together with wooden pins, and their tops were sharpened in order 
to impede anyone seeking to climb over. Inside was a log cabin, with log 
partitions, in v/hich the families of the garrison lived. There was a 
large double gats mad-j of thick slabs so arranged as to be guarded from 
within; thera was generally a small rear exit, giving access to the spring 
nearby. Outer walls as well as cabins were amply provided with port -holes. 
A deadly fire could be poured out from within, but the shelter was bul- 
let-proof. A good marksman could work great iiavoc by firing through port- 
holes at the defenders within, but few Indians ever became sufficiently 
expert to do this. 

*t was in such a fort that Robert Shifclds, his children and 
grandchildren, lived for ten or a dozen years. During all this time only 
one of Chert's sons was killed by the Indians, ""early all of tern had 
thrilling experiences and narrow escapes, and one was severly wounded. 
Robert's son-in-law also lost his life. 


Janet Shields (Tipton) 

2. Shflde Tipton (Shields) 

3. John Tipton Shields 
«j. iiancy Shields 
3. Thomas Shields 
3. Jane Shields 
3. trust Shields 

4. John Tipton Shields 
4. Bhoda Shields 
4. Joshua Shields 
4. Edwin Shields 
4. Rebecca Shields 
4. Matilda Shields 
4. Robert Shields 
4. Isabella Shields 
4. George .,'. Shields 
2. John Tipton 

3, Spier Shields Tipton 


3. George •'■'ipton 

3, John Tipton 

5. liarriet Tipton 
2. Agnes Tipton 
2. lizabeth Tipton 

Janet Shields, the first child and only daughter of Robert and 
Saney Ghtoeirto-i Shields, was bom in ffcrtinai, IJarch 7, 1762. She married 
Josnua lipton in Sevier County, Tennessee about 1735. Joshua vms a" son 
of ueaeruly John Upton, very prominent in the early history of that state. 
They hac five children, the names -e know being ^hoda, John, Agnes, arri 
blizabetn, Josnua lipton was amuscaded and killed by a band of Cherokee 
Indians April 18, 17.3, his brother-in-law, Joseph Shields, being severely 
wounaed at the sane time. *t has benn charged that the feud existing be- 
tween the Uptons anci the Seviers had something to do with the murder. 
These two families lad earried on a bitter quarrel for years, beginning with 
political differences arising between Generals Tipton and Sevier; the former 
was a strong advocate of Tennessee remaining a part of Berth Carolina un- 
til it could be organised as a separate state, while the latter M&a a leader 
in the movement to break the bonds binding the western settlements to the 
mother state and organize the "Independent State of Frankland," independent 
of the bnited States government. 

J anet moved, with ; er family, to Indiana in the fall of 1807, 
settling at Brinley's Ferry, now Evans Landing, on the Ohio S-iver, in 
Harrison &ounty. Later she settled in what is now Jackson County, at the 
fort cooaanded by her brother James, located just north of the present 
site of Seymour, where s.;e resided until her death, February 17, 1828. 

Her daughter, Rhoda, married a first cousin, Joshaa Shields, 
one of the sons of Thomas Shields who was killed by the Indians, 
further sketch of him and their family will be found later, ''he died July 
7, 1837. Janet's daughter Agnes ^rried ..illiam Edwards in 1811, and 
Elisabeth married John j.enbo in 1018. 

To Janet's son, John x ipton, the stato of Indiana owes more in 
its early history making than to any other individual who ever lived within 
her borders. As a military leader, civilian, and statesman he filled a 
full measureof honor. Hi s impress u on the state as a whole, and particularly 
upon Columbus, For Wayne, Logansport, and Indianapolis will never by re- 
move rd. 

^ore tiian one biography of Jojjn Tipton lias been published but 
the most interesting of all the stories of his carreer is his "Jounnal." 
n e was a born Indian hater. He gained his first prominence as a minor 
officer under General ^rrison, in the battle of Tippecanoe. He rapidly 
rose in rank and distinction to the position of Brigadier General in the 
service of his state. General in the United 3 ates Army, United States 
Commissioner of Indian Affairs, and United ''ates Senator, "e was very 
prominent in Mnsonio Lodge circles, not only in his own state, but also 
among he various Lod es throughout the entier :Iortliwest Territory. As 
a member of the Indiana legislature he was on the committee that selected 
■Indianapolis as the capitol of the state and he assisted in surveying and 
platting the town-site. He wa.. also Indiana's commissioner who, in con- 
nection with one acting in like capacity for Illinois, located the Indiana- 
Illinois oundary from Vincennes to Lake Miohigan. n e also founded the 
city of Columbus, formerly called Tiptonia in his honor, but chan red be- 
cause of political differences between Tipton ad some of the settlers, 



which grew so bitter that Tipton left town an refused to return. He also 
founded the city of Logansport, and -was prominent in the early history of 
Fort Wayne. 

John Tipton f s first wife was his ( ousin, Jennie Shields, gen- 
erally thought to hve been the only daughter of John Shields, the explorers 
of this we have no conclusive evidence. The writer lias assumed it to be 
the case. They had two sons, one whose name is not known, the other named 
Spier Shields Tipton, v.ho graduate fron ..est Point, was a caption of drag- 
oons in the Mexican -Jar, and later v.-as commander of the Indiana troops. 

Tipton's second wife was "atilua ^penoer, daughter of his old 
friend Spier Spencer. Three children were born of this union. George 
lived e.t)d died in Logansport. Jon graduated fron /est Point and entered 
the army, but ded wile in California just before the outbreak of the Civil 
IVar. Harriet married Thonas S. DePont and settled in Oregon, where she 
deid. Several of General Tipton' 3 descendants no* live in Logansport and 
i'ort .'a yne. 

fpha Tipton died April 5, 1839, an?, waj buried with military 
honors and in the rites of the Masonic Order. The original of his only 
portrait hands in the Masonic Lodge rooms at Logansport, of which Lodge 
he was one of the founders and for many years a leading member. 


i iomas 

Thonas Shields 

2, Joshua Shields 

John T. Shields 
3* Sancy Shields 


Thomas Shields 





John T. Shields 


Rhoda Shields 


Joshua Shields 


Edwin Shields 


Rebeoca Shields 


Matilda Shields 


.Robert Shields 


Isabella Shields 


George W« Shield 


Jane Shields. 

The Shields family v/ae partiolarly fortunate in the matter of 
loss of life at the hands of the savages during the early days in Tennessee, 
Thomas Shields, one of the ten brothers, who was born in Virginia, and in 
1784 moved with the fanily to Tennessee, was the only one of this large 
family who was killed by Indiana. This is all the more remarkable when 
it is remembere that during the first twelve years after this family 
moved to the new country half the male settlers lost their lives at the 
hands of Indians. 

Thomas Shields was shot from ambush on Birch Creek, about ten 
miles southeast f Soviervllle, Tennessee, while getting water in Ms 
sugar-tree orchard with which to boil hi3 sugar. HI* two little boys, one 
of them named Joshua, were in tight of him when he was killed. They were 


eight end ten years old. They were with the old blind horse thtt was hit- 
ched to a sled, used for hauling water. They heard the report of the :juns, 
saw their father fall, and twelve IndiariG run up to scalp him. folic the 
Indians were thus engaged the boys unhitohed the horse and started for the 
Shields fort about six miles away. The Indians, seeing then, quickly 
followed. On they sped, down tue creek, across the river, and down the 
valley. *or the first two miles the ■'■ndians were frequently within sight. 
Then they crossed the river again, and made a final dash over Mils and 
hollows for the last two miles to the fort. The Indians, knowing the 
location of the fort, seem to have made a desperate effort to cateh the 
boys, but the old horse, though deprived of 3ight, made tids perilous run 
over some of the roughest country in Tennessee. Do John Alwin Paul Shields , 
Who relates this incident, says lie has traversed every foot of the ground 
the boys passed over, and he think3 nothing but an Omnipotent hand kept 
the howse from falling, thereby saving the little boys* lives, ^oth of 
theses boys moved to Indiana later, probably with the several Shields fam- 
ilies going to that state in 180.:. 

Joshua Shields, one of these l::d3, was born in Knox County, 
Tennessee, H e was married to his cousir., Rhoda ^ipton, a daughter of 
Janet Shields Tipton. He died in Clay Township, Cass County, In iana. 
Upon settleiny, in Indiana, in Earriso.: County, he enrolled in the militia, 
and served in the Jar of 1812 j he was with General Harrison at Tippecanoe 
where he was wounded in the arm. Ee died J^n. 22, 1852, and his wife 
died July 7, 1837. They had five children: John T., Nancy, Thomas, Arnet, 
and Jane. All of then died young except Arnet. -'e was born in Harrison 
County, Ind., Jan. 28, 1816, and was married to Jane Irvin on May 11, 1337, 
His Children were John I., ^hoda, Joshua, Edwin, Rebecca, Hatilda, Robert, 
Isabella, and George ■>', Rebecca married R, • .". i.iay. 


Richard Shields 

2. Robert Shields 

3. Frederick Shields 

4. Martha Shields 
4. Matilda Shields 
4. Jonathan Sidelds 
4. Elisabeth Shields 
4, -echarian Shields 
4. - Elijah Shields 
4. George Si ields 
4. Ruth Shields 
4. .Tilliam Shields 
4. argaret Shields 
4. Andrew Shields 
4. David Shields 

5. .illiam I. Shields 
3« Perry Shields 

4. Caroline Shields (Hawkins 
4. 5. Ivan Hawkins 

5. Jennie Hawkins 
5. Robert Hawkins 
5. Roy Hawkins 
5. Hellie Hawkins 
4. Richard Shields 
4. Robert Shields 

5. George Shields 
5, Cass Shields 


4. Barbara Shields 

4. Rachel Shields 

4. Joshua Shields 

4. eorge Shields 






Jackson Shields 



H. Shields 


Mary Shields (Feeaeel) 



Lydia Shields 


Ruth E 

. ohileds 


Rebecca Shields 



°ane fields (Roberts) 


Emma J. Roberts 


John H, Roberst 


Lliza E. Roberts 


^-ndrena- . riston Roberta 


oaia el H. -Roberts 


George D, iOberts 


Martha A. Roberts 


..'illiam £, 1-oberts 


James Witt Roberts 


flley J. Roberts 


-»ancy Mae Roberts 

Mary E, Roberts 





-■-. -.. 




•i. Shields 


George R« Shields 

6. Frederick .yatt Shiedls 

6. Mary E. Shields 

6. Roger Kenton Shields 

5. illiam &.« Shields 

5. Joan -. Shields 
4. David Shields 
4. Jonathan shields 
4. George Washington Shields 
4. Andrew -itt Shields 

5. lizabeth Shilds (UcCauley) 

5. 6. Leonard ^cCauley 

5. A. Louraine ^>hi*lds (Ledbetter) 
6. Ifayaard ledbetter 
6, Susie Ledbetter 
6. Anne Ledbetter 
tj. Witt L edbetter 
6. Josie Ledbetter 
6. Lazel Ledbetter 

5. Susie Shields (alker) 
6. . yrtle alker 
6. Clarence alker 
6« -abel .alker 

5. Jaokson shields 

5. Samantha Shields 

5. George iienry Shields 
6. Lester Shields 
6. Lena ac Shields 
6. i.uOTenoe Shields 

5. iindrew . shields 


6. Herman Shields 

6. Flora J hie Ids 

6. Llola shields 

6. *'orman Shields 
5. l'yre II. Shields 

6. Efff* Shields 

6. Iva Lea Shields 

6. Floyd Shiedls 

3. Anee Shields 

5* Rebecca Shields 

3. Tildia shields 

3. George '.. Shields 

3. Araett Shields 

4. John S. shields 
4. willlam Shields 
4, Commodore Shields 
*. Robert Shields 

3. Robert Shields 

Little is known of Richard "hied Is except that he was one of the 
older of the ten brothers. h e possibly, and quite probably, had other 
children than his son Robert, but we have no definite record of them. he 
was born in 1764, 

Robert Shields, son of Richard, was born October 1,3 , 1784, and 
died J a ;. 11, 1850. His ife was Margaret ^Tomert, three years older than 
he, and. she survived him twelve years, **i was a farmer, and at the time 
of his death was a Justice of Peace. They resided at Cade's Cove, Blount 
County, Tenn. AH of their eleven children listed above are dead, arnett, 
the youngest, having died in 1915. 

Frederick Shields, the sone of Robert and i^argaret Emmert Shields, 
was parried to Polly Oliver. They lived on a farm. They had twelve child- 
ren, as follows: Martha, married Buck Long; %tilda, married a Gregory} 
Jonatha , martied to ^live Greer; Elizabeth, married Samuel i.Iathev/s; 
Eacheriuh, married to l;osa Greer; Rlijah, married to Rhoda .Valker; George 
marrieo to V-lisa ..'ilcox; Ruth, married John Gregory? Jillian, married to 
Jane MoCauley; ^largaret, marred Peter Meyers; Andrew, married to Adalino 
Carrell; David, Who liad a son, J. T., who was married to his cousin once 
removed, $oaa J. Roberts. 

Perry Shields, son of Robert and Margaret ^mmert Shiedls, was 
born Sept. 14, 1015, and died Feb. 5, 1386. e was married to Margaret 
commonly called Peg ;y, Greeg, and had nine chil ren, listed in the outline 
above. Caroline married a H«wkin3 and resides near Maryville, Tenn. She 
has five children: Ivan, residing at Route 3, Knoxville, Tenn.; Jennie, 
who married a Riddle, and resides at Route 8, Knoxville, Te;m. ; Robert 
who resides near Maryville, Tenn,; Roy, and Hellie, m.o live with their 
parents. Riohard Shields was killed in the Cibil iar. Robert Shields 
was married to ^artha ./allaoe, and had four sons, lv oe, 1-iarcus, George, 
and Thomas, fie resided on the G onosoga River, in -Georgia, for man years, 
but died near Cleveland, Tenn. Frederick Shiedls had two sons, George 
and Cass. Barbara Shields married H. J. Gladson; she is dead, but - r. 
Gladson and tho children reside in Culberson, H a C. Joshua Shiel s also 
resides there; he is unmarried. George s hiedls lives in Colorado, fie lias 


one daughter, i.e have no further information co cerning John and Rachel. 

Josuua Shields, son of Robert and Margaret Emmert, was married 
ot a lady named Johnson. Jackson Shields, his borther, we know noticing of. 

Henry H. Shields, son of Robert and Margaret Emmert Shields, 
was bornApr. 20, 1817 and didd Feb. 26, 1891. Ke resided at Cade's Cove, 
Tenn. ^e was born at Emert s Cove, Sevier County, Tenn. He was twice 
married, first one to ilartha Oliver, by whom he liad eleven Children. She 
died in 1864 and in 1870 he was married a seoond time, L e was a farmer 
by profession and a Union soldier during the Civil -ar. During the <ar he 
anas wounded bj Confederate raiders, an. -is arm was rendered almost Useless. 

^is sons, George .Vashi gton and Andrew Witt, reside at Cade's Cove, 
The former vas born in 1844 at Cade's Cove, and was married to Lina Gregory 
in 1865. They have no cliildren. ^e werved for three years in the Federal' 
army, the £fch Tennessee Infantry, Company B, under Col. Cooper. a joined 
in 1862. e was wounded by a cannon ball striking is right hip In 1G64, 
and was mustered oub of the service in 1865. .-fter his marriage he went 
to Missouri and 1 ter to Kansas, but in 1915 he teturned to Cade's Cove. 
Andrew V«itt Shields was born in 1850. In 1878 he -was married to Anna 
Walker, vho was the mother of all his children. She died in 1896, and 
in 1898 lie married to Mary Lawson. ^e has always been a farmer, u e 
was for twelve years a Justice of the ^'eace, and was for three years the 
Postmast&r at Cade's Cove. He had eight children: Elizabeth, born in 1878, 
married .[. C. a oCauley in 1898, resides at .'.'allaud, Tenn*, and have a son, 
Leonard ^cCauley, who was born in 1899; George H. , born in 1880, was mar- 
ried to Polly McGre gory in 1900, resieds at Cade's Cove, and lias three cliildren , 
Lester born in 1904, xe Lena ^e, born in 1911, and Lawrence, born in 1914; 
A louraine, born in 1882, was married to J. M. Ledbetter in 1906, resides 
at Cade's Cove, and has six children, namely, Maynard, born in 1907, susie, 
born in 1909, Anna, born in 1911, tfitt, born in 1913, J osie, born in 1915, 
an. ^artha ^asel, born in 1917; Andrew ... , bornin 1884, was married to 
Franees Oliver in 1903, resides at Cade's Cove, and has four children, 
^erman, born in 1907, Flora, born in 1910, iiola, born in 1913, and Ilorman 
born in 1015; Tyre H,, born in 1886, wqs married to Rachel Cooper in 1906, 
resides at Cade's Cove, and lias three children, Effa born in 1909, *va Lee 
born in 1911, andFloyd born In 1914} Susie, born In 1891, married evi 
talker in 1908, resides at Cade's Cove, and has had three children. Myrtle 
born in 1909, Clarence, born in 1911, and *abel, born in 1912 and .ied 
in 1917; Jackson was born In 1888 and died in 1891; Samantha was born in 
1894 and died in infancy. 

David, another sen of ^enry H. Shields, was born in 1846 and 
died of measles in the Federal army in 1863. h e was never married, 
^is sister Mary was born in 1842, in 1861 married ... ... Feezeel, and died 

in 1362. She had a daughter, Lydia, born in 1862, who married John Knight, 
and now resides in Knoxville, ftomj "uth S« another of the Children of Henry 
E., was born in 1848, married Joe Garland in 1861, and died in 1873. 

Henry , s son, Jesse ... Shields, was born in 1852, and in 1869 was 
married to a distant cousin, Sarah Shiedls, a grand daughter of B©bert and 
Aabra White Shields. Their son, George K, Shields, is an attorney, formerly 
conn cted with tie Treasury Department of the ^nited States , but now a 
member of the firm of King & King, attorneys, at Washington, D, C. u e was 
married to agnaa ill in 1902, and their three children were born in t e 
order listed in the outline aboe, respectively, in 1908, 1910 and 1913. 

.Tilliam A., Shields, another son of °esse ff., referred to in the 


above paragraph, ia a telegraph operator somowhOlt in Alabama. 

Renecca Shields, a daughter of ^enry H. , was bom in 1854 and 
in 1369 married ^ames Sands, or sister, Martha Jane, born in 1857, and 
married Samuel Roberts in 1878. The Roberts r,side in Cade s Cove. They 
have twelve dhildron, Vi z ., J%na J., Bora in 1879, married H, I. 3 ields, 
1903; he is a son of David Shields, who in turn was a son of i-'rcderiok and 
Poll; over Sniedlsf * he y haV3 sefen children j John H», born in 1861, died 
tlie same year; Eliza B #< born in 1883 and ied the following year; Andrew 
•^reeton Roberts, born in 1884, was married to Lian Oliver in 1903 lias 
five children, and resides at -ovo, Teun. ; 3 amuel II., born in 1887 died 
in 1890; George b,, born in 1^89 is Chairman of the County Court of Blount 
County, at Maryville, Term.; artha A., bom in 1891 ia 1915 married Al- 
bert "all, and resides at Cade s Cove; '•'iXlian E . ^oberts, born in 1893, 
is employed at the offices of the AXuminim Company of America at Alcoa, Tenn. 
James -itt Iv oberts, born in 1895, and *£l«y J ., born in 1397, are in school 
in Maryvillej M ancy &ae Cherts was bora in 1901; and Mary 6. Roberts was 
bora in 1903. 

The remaining chile ren of enry a . Shields, were waiter, bora in 
1860 and died in 1363, arid E. E,, bora in 1864 and died in 1865. 

Cf the remaining children of ^bert and Margaret i: v ffi iert we know 
that ^*nne "Carried a Gourley, Rebacoa married an Oliver, -i-iidia and G-eorge 
. never married, and of Ro ert we have no information. 

Araett Shields, the last surviving son of Robert and ^rgaret 
Bmnert Shields, died in 1915. li e was married to Elizabeth Kitchens, and 
they reside, in North c a rolina. They had eight children, foru sons and 
four daughters, '■'•he sons are John S., -'illiam, and Commodore, who resi e 
at Culberson, ^. c ., and ^obert, who lives at ^>ucktown, Tenn. 



1. David Shields 

2. Joseph Shields 

3. '■ illiam u enry °hields 

4. David T. Shields 


Mary Shiedls 


Fran 1 .: Shields 


Lillie Shields 


henry S^ J, elds 


c harles ^hields 


Agnes Shields 


Jane Shields 


Almeda Shiieds 


Homer Shields 


Ola Sliiel s 


Rosa Shields 


■wry E . Shields 


Martha . Shields 


illiam Taylor Shiedls 


Sarah Angclian Shield! 





Lucy """liields 



A. Shields 



M. Shields 


John 1 

Lesley Shields 


5. Bert . . Shi Ids 
5. Lesley T. Shields 
5. Perel Shields 


Joseph H. Shields 


George E. Shields 













Robert Shields 



Shiel: s 


Berlin Edwards Shields 


Frances .sitcomb Sh'ipids 


i^ary Arm Shields 


Robert Shields 


Eliaa Jane Shields 


*wry M. Shields 

4 . 

iilliam J asper Shields 


Elijah Benonai Shields 


Kaomi Elizabeth Shields 


Sarah Lydia Shields 


Alice Luiella Shields 


Cressie Key Shields 


Stephen A. Douglass Shields 


James f/ittis Shields 


John Edwards Shields 


Kaohel Dollar Shields 


George Washington Shields. 


Jonathan Shields 



^aokson Shileds 


William Shields 

5. Prudence Shields 
5. D ue n a Shields 
5. ' cl ndrew L. Shields 
5. Elijah Shiedls 
5. Anna C, Shields 

5. George ^ee Shields 
3. Robert Shields 
3. James Antrim Shields 

4. Celestial Shields 

4. S&ary Etta Shields (MoCreary) 
5. £oseph to cCreary 

4. George "ifford Shields 

4. hevrett Albertus Shields 

4. Harriet Ida Shields 

4. Robert Bruce Shiedls 

4. Luella Shields 

4. J eremiah A, Shields 

4. I*u4a Belle Shields 

4. Sarah Ada Shields 
3. Sarah Shiel es 
3. Naomi ^oredelia Shields 
3* Margaret Shields 
3. Charlotte Shields 
Jacob Ejwards Shields 

3. Susan Edwards Shields ( illiams) 

4. Loal - ; . wiiiiam; 

4. Lora K* Lillians 

4. L. Borlin Williams 


4. Vada E. ilii 


Hanoy Shields 


Robert *| Shields 


Ella Shields 


Janes Shields 


Jesse Shields 

4. ;. .;. Shields 





Jane Si 



David Shields 


%ry Shields 


■illiam Shields 


^. R. Shields 


artha Shields 


Eliza Shields 


A. :. Shields 


Lucius Shields 


Leone Shields 


Clifton Shields 


William Shields 

David Shields, commonly called "Big Dave" was the largest and most 
powerful of the ten Shields brothers of the Sevier County, T e;m. Indeed, 
he is credited with having ben "the bi gest and best man who ever rowed 
a flat-baot on the Mississippi." He was born in Virginnia in 1760 and 
settled in Tennessee in 1784. In 1G04 he settled in Louisville, Kentucky, 
and ingaged in the business of freighting goods by flat-boat between 
Cincinnati, and Hew Orleans. The na.e of :us fii*$t wife is unknown, but 
they had a son, Josephj whether there were other children we do not know, 
but If so theyhave not been hoard of j ther- probably were not. His second 
wife was Susan Edwards, a daughter of Bahort Awards, formerly of lew York. 
This marriage was probably about 1786, ami to t .is union were born at 
least six children, namely, those (except Joseph) numbered 2" in the 
preceding outline. David was buried at Athens, Tenn., in which place he 
spent the latter days of his life. 

Aia interestnig story has been handed down conoemin^ the fchysioal 
powers of David Shields. In the early days a nan named Thompson came to 
Sevierville on the occasion of some public gathering, and mounting a stump 
announced that he -.rns the best man in s evierville, and better then anybody 
who could be brought there. David Shields asked him to except his friends, 
and he replied that he Would except nobody. So David told him he would 
havr to fight. They set a day and picked tiieir seconds. When the new went 
out that these two powerful men were going to fight, people gathered from 
Blount, Cocke, .Knox, and Jefferson Counties to witnes the enoounter. A 
rin : was made, and the men stripped to the waist and took their places 
within the circle. Thorn. -■son began to spar for an advantage, watbhing 
Shields 1 right, not knowing that David oould hit as hard and dextrously 
with his left as with lis right* 'Haen Thompson attemtped to break down 
his ,-uard, David hit hia with his left, knocking him down ana breaking 
his jaw. Thus ended what promised to be the greate t pubulistio matoh 
ever staged in eastern Tenn., and Shield j had not even been touched by 
his opponent. 

Joseph Shields, son of David by his first wife, was born in 1785. 
The Christian name of this vife was Sarah Adeline, but her maiden name is 
unknown, ^e born in Sevier u ounty, Tenn. , and removed with his father 
to Kentucky in 1808. x n the early 1820s ho settled in honroe County, 


Indiana, where he reared his family of five boys ~» ill ian ^enry Harrison, 
James, David, Joseph, arid Thomas. If information lias been obta'ned con- 
cerning any but the fir.;t, who was born in ilentu ky la 1819, and died in 
his hone near Bloonington, Ind., in 1900. Be ;ias married to Mary Eullin 
in 1341, by whom he had twelve children. They were David T., concerning 
whoa more will be said later; ary E., bornin 1344, married Andrew J. 
Lamkinsj Martha J., born in 1043, married Philip Bond; .'illiam Taylor, 
born inl846 married Ellen ^enuingt ii; Sarah Angelina, born in 1351, married 
David Holmburg; Julia, born in 1054 married George Stapler; Lucy, born in 
1854, married Allen Carter; Laura A, Born in 1057, married Thomas -ennington, 
Belle M., bom in 1860, married Samuel Hall; John .Lesley, of whom more is 
said later; Joseph H., born in 1865, married to Ella i-Ieroer; end George E. 
born in 1871, and. died trie same year. 

David J-, Shields, referred toabove as the son of .illiam ^enry 
Harrison Shields, was born in 1842, and in 1864 was married to Sarah F. 
Mize. They had eleven children, as ^ary, bom In 1865, married 
Allen tower jf in 1889; Frank, born in 1867, married to Jane Stephens in 
1389, Lillie, bom in 1869, married Kufus Todd in 1893; ^enry, bom in 1371 
married to ^artha Hensley, in 1399; Charles, born in 1873 and died the 
same year; &gaes, born in 1875, married Homer Butchor in 1895; ''ane, born 
in 1877, married G harles Bailey in 1900; Almeda, bom in 1879, died in 1901; 
Homer, bom in 1881, married to iJ ellie last in 1907; u la born in 1883, 
married Carmie Deckard ^hields lives on a farm ne^r Bloomington, Indiana. 

u John Wesley Shields, previously referred to as a son of • lliam 

^ enry Harrison Shields, was born in 1363. He resieded in Los Angelse3, 
California, In 18G4 ho ' married bo Cora B, Hays, and tliere lave been 
born to them the following children] Bert 0. born in 1885, married to Myrtle 
Bourk in 1910; Lesley T., born In 1387, married to Mary BotoriC in 1912; 
Pearl E., bom in 1897 married L, B. UoFeel 1014. 

Robert Shields, the oldest 3on of David and his second wife, 
St\san Shields , was bom January 16, 17a7, in Sevier County, '^ernx. , and 
died in u ctober 1369, in Canton, 111. Hi s first ?riLfe wag Jaomi Little, who 
•.ms born D GC . 12, 1735, and died liove 14, 1854. She was a daughter of 
ffflfe Little, His second wife was S-rena Brown, by whom he had no ohildren. 
He settled in ^anton, 111. in 1825, was a farmer and a preacher of the 
united Bretheren Church. By his first /rife he had ten children, as follows: 
David, whos ras married to ''ane goldsmith; Berlin Edwards, of whom more 
will be said later; "onathan, bom in 1815, married to "fcry Ana Reefes; 
Andrew Jacson, of whom more will be said later; Robert, born in 1823, 
married to Rhue &m\ Hull; J ames Rntrira, of v.liom ore will be said later; 
Sarah, who married Alfred Brown* IJ aomi Cordelia, bora June 2, 1818, married 
David Brown; M argaret, bora in 1830, married Adr.m Stambaugh; Charleotte, 
married D a vid Breeden. 

Berlin Edwards Shields, son of Robert and Jaomi Httle Shields 
referred to above, was born Dec. Ir, 1311 to EHse Ham, of Hanson, J-nd. 
and on Jan. 24, 1839, he was married to Elizabeth E gers, at ^ewistown, 
111. Be resided first at u orydon, and then in F ulton °ounty, I 11. # and 
later in Oregon, and died -ujust 6, 1891, near Ukiali, Calif, "is second 
wife was a daughter of Benonni EggerO, o>? arris-vi County, Ind., where 
she was born ct. 17, 1824; she died ab Uklah, Calif., June 27, 1908. 
Mr. Eggers was a farmer and a United Brethren minister. The children of 
Berlin Awards Shields, by his first wife were Francis .hitoonb, born 
arch 1, 1832, married,, first to Druscilla Thomas, seoond to atilda J. 
Rhodes; he resides in suer c ounty, Nebraska; Hary Ann, bora March 11, 1833 
married John rutman; Robert bora June 3, 1835, died two yers leter; BUM 

—21 — 

Jane, born in January, 1838 , died in 1842. By nis second wife his children 
..'ere Lary ;!., born in 1340, married Berlin Joimso-:; ''illiamJasper, born ^ept. 
10, 1548, married to hlizabeth IanPlark, and died May 14, 1913; Naomi Eliza- 
beth, bora March 18, 1S54, and died march 22, 1866j Sarah Lydia, born Jan. 
25, 1856, maried diaries Averill, and died "'ept. 6, 1899; Alice Luel a, 
born Feb. 6, 1858, narried John 'i. Dollar; C r easie Key, born in 1860 and 
died in infancy; Stephen A., Douglas, born April 30, 1862, died in 1875; 
James >'ittis, born Hay 13, 1860, married to N e t"ie Tindall; Jolin -^divards, 
born A pril 14, 1866, in Jackson County, Oregon, in 1895 imrried to Anna .. 
Fairfax, who >ms a dau ghter of Geo. -. Fairfax, born in Kortantown, •. Va., 
July 8, 1855; the, resied n a farm near .kiah, C a l. Raohel dollar, born 
July 28, 1871, married Melvin Fairbanks; George Washington, born June 8, 1871, 
and married first to -*ddi.. Doolev, second to Minnie Eickford. 

ndrew Jackson shields, a son of "^obert art. .iaomi Little Shields, 
referred to above, came to Fulton County, Illinois, about 1234, V occupation 

e a blacksmith. Ihe y» r of his btrth is not known; he died in 1848, 
His wife was Margaret Red, and thsir children were seven in number, but we 
kno only the name of one, William, w .o born in lo36; in 1861 he was mar- 
ried to Nancy A, -ilcoxea, on liarch 14. The children oi' -'illiara and Nancy 
were named Prudence, Leuella, Andrew L,, Eli.iuh, A&na C., and geor ,c ^ee, but 
further than this we knew of them, 

James Antrim Shields, also a son of Robert and. Jaomi, referred 
to above, was born Feb. 12, 1824, in Wayne Count;-, Indiana, H« was married 
three times; first to Elizabeth chrook, second to Sarah Jane latum, and third 
to Sarah J. McGrew, at Fairfield, Iowa, April 1, 1872. ll e died at Los Angeles 
July 16, 1888. He had ten children. By his first wife, Celestial, born 
Nov. 16, 1S43, Married x saao Cooper; Mary Etta, born Kay 6, 184C, Mar.-ied .11- 
liam ^eCreary, ard has one son, Joseph ^cCreary, a cigar manufacturer in Canton, 
111. Aeorge Aifford, born Feb. 16, 1849, married to Sarah ft, Gfllimore, 
and is a florist in Los A U£ oles; Hewett Albert s, a farmer by occupation, 
born July 4, 1852, married first to Bridget eDroom, and second to Ellen Cite; 
he oam e to Fulto:-; County, Illinois, in 1826; Harriet Ida, born June 19, 1855, 
married James ilutLon Downs; Robert Bruce, born Dec. 10, 1857, died in Feb. 1871 j 
Luella, born ° n. 6, 1861, married ^harles I -. Lanke; J eremiah A., born - 4 ov. 
6, 1860, married first to Uora Evelyn, and second to Delia Evelyn. By his 
third withe the children of J ames Antrim Shields were Luda Belle, born July 
1, 1874, married Ul; sses L. ^clntosh; and S c rah -.da, bom 0«t. 15, 1876, mar- 
ried Marion B. Flood. 

^acob Edwards Shields, a son oC Berbers and ^asan Bdwards Shields, 
Was born June 12, 1803, in Sevier County, Tenn. , and died ct. 2, 1887, in 
Canton, 111. After the death of I is mot, r, - tie yeat • saml boy, he was 
taken by his sisters, Jane and Phoebe, to resied in Bilmont, Ala., where he 
afterwards married three times. After the Civil ./ar he settled in Canton, 
111. His first wife was Nancy Yates, th© second was named xcClatchey, and 
the name of the other is unknen. By his various wives he had six chil*ren 
as follows: Nancy, who married A^os Lawrence; Nancy who married Ames Law- 
rence; Susan Edwards, of w on i ore ..111 be said n later; Robert B., who was 
married to Sally Lee; -11a ;ho married Samuel Marvel; James, who was marri ed 
to Mary Cooke; and ^esse, whose widow lives near Tu.: el Hill, re*, ani Whose 
son .'.'. '.:. Shields, is editor o the Star at Dayton, 

Susan .dwards Shields, referr-d to rove as the daughter of u acob 
Bdwarda Shields* was born July 22, 1842, in Belfast Ala., where he resided. 
She was married after removing to Canton, 111., her husband being I dward 
'illiams. They had four children, til born in Canton, namely: Loal . 
.illiams, born o t. 27, 1871, marrie d Alexander -eaver; Lot>ra A. illiams 

born ct. 10, 186S, married to JeAn Pintlandj L. Berlin Williams, born Jan. 
27, 1S78, married to Lulu Lovej and Vada B, filliasus, born May 19, 1880, mar- 
ried Clarence Albright, 

Phoebe Shields, one o the daughters of David and Susan Edwards 
Shields, married a man named Deer* Both she and her sister, Jaae Shields, 
resided in Belfast, Ala. 

David Shields, Jr., son of David and **usan Edwards Shields, com- 
monly known as "Little Dave, " was born in Kentucky in 1805. ^is wife was 
Eliza Onion, of Indiana. He resieded for several ye-rs in Louisville, and 
later in Pulton County, 1111. Among his ten children were Mary, who married 
Jacob BurgflHMj William, married to Catherine Barnes; C, R., who Be wife and 
Mary Burgess; Martha married John Lantson; Eliza married lielson Kofctonj A. 
P. was married to Tamar zbellj Lucius j Loonej and Clifton. 



U William Shields 

2. Robert Shields 

3. Elijah Shields 

4. eremiah Shileds 

' 5. Elijah Shileds 

6. Glen ^hileds 

6. Jetta Ann ^hiolds 

6. *We Shields 

5. For est Shiedls 

6. Ro; Shields 
6. Edn Shields 
6. Ursula Snialds 
6, Harry Shields 

5. Maryete Shields 
5. Katherine Shields 
4. Mary Shields 
4. **artha Shields 
o, Jonathan Shields 

4. illia i I '.'ashington Shields 
4. w ary J. Shields (Dixon) 

5. Jonathan Ami Dixon 
5, Ira Tipton Dixon 
4. Amanda Ann Shields 
4. Jenena Shileds 
4» Elizabeth Shields 
4. Sarah Catherine Shiedls 
3. .'illima Shields 

4, .:illiam Preston Shields 
4. Eliza Shiedls 
4. Martin Shields 
4. Josiah ">hiel;-. s 
3. Elizabeth Shields 
3. Emily Shields 
2. Samuel Shields 
?.. James Shields 

3. illiam Preston Shield! 

4. Sarah Jane Shields (Button) 

5. Anna Button (Stewart) 
6. Janes Stewart 
6. Jeanetta Stewart 



Agnes ^rgaret Shields (Boyd) 


Jesso K. Boyd 

6. Grover Cleveland Boyd 

G, hay LeEoy 3oyd 

6. Zelphs 

G. Agnes Boyd 

6. Neva Boyd 

6. Gladys Boyd 

6. Velraa B yd 

6. Earl French Boyd 

6. dthel Boyd 

6. hobert Boyd 

6. Gerald ine Boyd 


Saauel J. Boyd 

6. SF illia;-! ho ard Boyd 

6. Marian ^th B oyd 

6. Arthur Thorns Boyd 

6, Dorothy Ella B oyd 

6. Earl Frederick Boyd 

6. Elizabeth ^rra Boyd 


Charles 3. Boyd 


Ernest J« Boyd 


^ry Elizabeth Boyd (Eenyon) 

6, Bailie B. Eenyon 

6, ii^rodl Boyd Eenyon 

6» Hazel Bemadine Eenyon 

6. Horace B. Kenyon 

6. Eelen Bemice Kenyon 


LeRoy C. Boyd 


Earl Boyd 


Ansa Eaxel Boyd (Jo-ies) 

6. Thelnia Jones 

6. Freda Lucille Jones 

6. .Villia- Jones 

/illiaa Sharp Shields 


My tie Shields (Eoffstot) 


Maude Shields (Sweet) 

6. Lester Daniel Sweet 

6. Kenneth Sylvester Sweet 

6. Robert Denton Sweet 

(harried Dorothy Hoover, 1924) 
5. Jennie Shields (Broraagem 

6, John Eromagen 

6. klargaret Broraageaq 

6. Elizabeth Broaagera 

6. Norton Bromagem 
5. Janes Prestos Shields 

6. Noel Chanecy Shields 

6. Eerie Eugene Shields 

6. Eorraa Aaexda Shields (Lo.vedenslager) 
5. Elizabeth Shields (honer — Eollf) 
5. Winona SLIJUdj 
5, Hiran Denton Shields 
5. Blanche SbJtedla (Jones) 

6, Uargaretta " ucille Jones 

6. it Richard -^ver Jones 
5. John '■'■'ipton Shields 
5, Ruth Shiedls (Barr-^IcGee) 
4. Preston M, Shields 

5. Lena Siiields (Kiner) 

6. Margaret Kiner 


Enaa Shields 


Bruce Shields 


Frances Shields 


lipton o. ields 


Samuel Shields 

Mary Y. 

lien Shiedls (Cain— -S«wby) 



LaSallo Cain 



Jane ^'ov/by (Johnson) 


America Johnson 


John Hohnson 


Susanna Philausa xlev.-by (Chase— Hoback) 


Luella Chase (Bolin^er) 
6. Frank Eolinger 
6. Ra|ph Bolin-er 


Mary F. Chase 


Delia J. Chase (llarrell) 
6. Annie llarrell 
6. Cora llarrell 


Robert J. Chase 


Nellie P. °hase (COx) 


Arthur R» Chase 


Paroiainta Stokes ^e*iby (Carney) 


^niie Finley C&rney 


Cora Kay Carney 


Je3se hovjard C-.rney 


James Frank Carney 

6, Josephine Ruth C a rney 
6. Elbert hayoond Carney 
6. Mary liargarct Carney 

6« Esther Louise Carney 
6, ilildred Franoes Carney 


John Sajph Carney 


Uoscoe Cu- 
6. John Ralph ^arney 


Labeca Lallar ifeaiby 



LaBue iJewhy 


Hair/ I 

"lorenoc H*wb^ (Asher) 

4. henry Ecr»-ard tfevjby 

5. Nancy V. liewby (Eansdell) 
5. i-^ary h'evrtr; (Campbell) 
5. Eovjard A, Treaty 
5. James H. Newby 
3. Join Tipton Shields 

4. Elisabeth Shields (Ross) 
5. Tipton Ross 
5. Bam hoss 
5. Albert Rom 
4. Scott Shields 
4. Rosa Shields 
4. Bring s < i&lds 
3. Eliza J. Shields (Brown— Sullivan) 
4. ^harlotte Brovm (Eckstein) 
5. Lulu Eckstein (Long) 

6. Charlotte Long 
5. Clifford Eckstein 

6» Brontz Eckstein (Wilman) 
5. Kolhie Eckstein (Riley) 
5. Fritzie Eokstein (llinkle) 
5. Brifitow Eckstein 

6. LaVerne Eckstein 


4. Kartha Bro%vn 
4. ilary Brown (Vawter) 
5. Joan Vaster 
5. Louise Vawter (Green) 
5. iioaa Vawter 
3. Ilanoy Ann Shields (..ise) 
4. Jessie Jise 
4. Martha >>ise (Long) 

5. Elizabeth Long 
5, harry 0. Long 

6. Ruth Long 
6. Catherine Long 
6. Margaret Long 
5. Charles H. Long 

5. lielen Long 

6, John Long 
3. James Sevier Shields 

4. Ciiauncey Barner S . ields 
4. Martin Shiedls 
4. 5. Frank B. Shields 

5. ^ary Mabel Gilford 
4. William Tipton Shields 
5. Halter Shields 
5. Tesley Shields 
4. ^esse Shields 
3. Charles Shields 

4. Bruce Shields 

5. Charles Brown Shiedls 
5. Mary Louise Shiedls 
4. Tipton Shields 

5. Marie Shields 
- 5. Ceoil Shields 
5. Jennie Shields 
5. Seryl Shields 
5. Earl Shields 
4. Lucy Shields (MoConnell) 
3. 5. John frank MCconnell 

5. Charles Bruce ?«cCon_'iell 
u. Sarah T. Shields (Wilson — Jackson) 

4, Elinor Jackson 
3* Diana nicest is Shields 
o. liarvey Shields 
3. -Jinfiedl Shields 
.illiam Shields 

3. Mary Shields 
3. Mark Shields 
j. Jane Shields 
3. Sanuel IShi Ids 
3* Jesse Shields 
Nancy Agnes Shiolds (£lliott) 
3» Rebecca ana ^lliott 
3. Jesse Elliott 

, Heasty i'.cCuleb Elliott 
3. Jasper Newton Elliott 
3. John Perry Elliott 

3. Ruth J a ns Blliott (Bristol— Derrick) 
4. John Derry Elliott Derrick 
5. Roy Garner Derrick 
6. Lyle Derrick 
6. Joioi Lar .in Derric 



5. v.'illie.ia B«*ry Perriek 

5. Hazel ^ay Derrick (K&rdy) 

6. Carl Hardy 
5. Lylc Joi ai Derrlok 
4. Mary Ovanda -errick 
4. -aricy 'illinor Derrick (Wilson.} 

5» Alb it BisneliEtg -ilso:^ (Evans) 
6, Ruth Evans 
6. Ralph -vans 
6. Sllinor Josephine Evans 
5. u arl iJ nery Hiison 

6. Paul ilso.i 
5. Blanche Ell trior ..'ilson 
5. William Henry i ilson 

C. Loir, ilson 
5. John Elliott i.lson 
4, RuthJane Derrick (rlorey) 
5. Dorr Derrick Uorey 

6. Deryll D. --orey 
6. Allen Dwlght ^orey 
5. Claude Franklin **oray 

6. Russell Franklin Horey 
4. Edith Dlyasas Derrick 
4, Asa Emery berried 
j. ADsaloia ElliODt 
3. Margaret ';-'.. Elliott 
3. Elisabeth Ann Elloitt 
3. Isako Tipton Elliott 
Rhoda Shields (ROse) 
3. Eael iol Hose 
3. Essnaliae tose 
3. Elizabeth Rose 
3« Jaaies Hose 
3. mr^aret Ann Rose 
3. Cyrus Rose 
Elizabeth Shields (Lindsay) 
3. Joim Lindsay 
3. Tip-ton Lindsay 
3. Sathan LiJ.say 
Rebecca Shields (Davis) 
3. Nancy Davis 
3. Elizabeth Davis 
3. "trion Davis 
3. Jawes Davis 

3. Margaret Duvis 

3. Hoteoea Davis 
Janet Shields ( illiw.ison) 
3. Jlanoy -Jilliamson 
J. James ..iilianson 
3. John "illiamson 
Jesse Shields 

3. Mary D. S ields 
3. Joseph Tixpon J. .ields 
3. William Jay Shields 
4. Lefioy Shield* 
4. Harry K. Shields 

5. Loui3 SHiel s 
5. Hurst Shields 
5. Margaret Shield! 


3. Alfred ^ead Shields 

3. ^lio ay Shields (Kochandorfer) 

4. Frederick Shields Koehendorfer 
5. Charles Dochendorfer 
5. I-lary Koehendorfer 
2. Sarah -J^ields (George) 

3* Garrett ilson George 

3. ^rtha Ann George (Easterling) 

4. Hannah Katherine ..asterling (Witt) 
5. Maloolm .Titt 
5. Jane <itt 

5. Katherine -asterling tVitt 
4. George Easterling 
3. Eliza J ane George 
3. David George 
3. Margaret George 

3. Amanda George (Patterson — Camplin) 
4. Efi'ie Bay Patterson 
4. Gilbert Patterson 

5. Helen Patterson 
5. Horace Kennedy Patt.rson 
5. Florence Patterson 
4. ^esse Paterson 
3. John J esley ^eorge 
3. Kate George (Darnell) 
4. Cscar Darnell 
4. Florence Darnell (Kail) 

5. William Merritt Hall 
5. Richard Maloolsi Hall 
5. Ina Maye Hall 
5. John Franklin Hall 
5. Florence Margaret Hall 
4. Harry Dannell 
4. Jesse Darnell 
4. Omar Darnell 
4. George Roscoe Darnell 
4. ••ilbur Floyd Danrell 

5. George Ulliam Darnell 
5. Ina Blanche Darnell 
4. Kate Darnell (Camplin) 

5. Howard Darnell Camplin 
5. Gene E ve rard u amplin 
5. ^ario.i i^eid Camplin 
4. .William scar George 
2. Ezekiel Logan Shields 

Sarah °hields (Little) 

4. Lucy Litole (Putman) 
5. Paul Putman 
5. ""harles Putman 
5. Mabel Putman 
4. John lnathan ^ittle 
5. ^ilaen Little 
5. Felix Mttle 
4. Arthur 0. Little 
4. °erome Little 
3. Garrott "illian ° ields 

4. ~ora -i-'hrodocia Shields (Levelling) 
5. "tar-' Elizabeth -^ev/dlling 
5. Fannie !■!. Levelling 
5. Hoy "illia:n Lev/elling 


5. Evan Shi Ids Levelling 
5. Edith aj Levelling 
5. lsie "'arie Jewelling 
4. Estella Hay ^h ields (..att) 
5. Wa j1. ..att 
5. Cecil Albert .alt 

5. ^elma Blanche ->alt 

6. hazel Irene ..'alt 
o. Ivan Oral ..alt 

5. Goldie Luoile ..alt 
5. Grace Opal ..alt 
5, Louis . illian ;alt 
5. Donald .Shields ..'alt 

4. Effie Felecia Shields (Lasswell) 
5. Ray i'illiam Lasswell 
5. Edna Marie Lasswell 
5. Elsie *iay Lasswell 

4. John Arthur ^ -ields 

5. James Vincent Shields 

4. Jesse Yilliam Shields 

5. Carl Hague Shields 
5. Mary Grace Shields 

4. j-lsie Elizabeth Shields 

4. Earl Raymond shields 
3. Mary *« Shields 
3. ^lnathan Shields 

4. Harlftn William Shields 

4. Artiir Shiedls 

4. Otis °hields 

4. Onie Shields 

6. Sadie Shields 
31 ~4fargaret Semyra Shields (Elliott) 
John fields 

william Shields was one of the older of the ten brothers, but we 
do not know the exact date of is birth, he was born about 1768 or 1770, 
in Au usta, now Rockingham, County, Va., in the She.andoah Valley, not far 
from the city of Lynchburg, he is described as having heavy, rav n-black 
hair, and he ms tell, rather slender, lithe and stron ;, unlike his younger 
brother James who was somewhat heavy, or jjesse who was small. 

X1 e spent his boyhood in the ''henandoah V a lley,^and in 1784 accom- 
panied his father and mother, A obert and Nancy Stockton ^hields, and the 
rest of their large family, to the new hone across the mounta'ns, than an 
unorganized portion of North Carolina, no..' the state of Tennessee, settling 
at a point about seven miles from the present city of Seveirville. 

/illian's first wife was Margaret, a daughter of Samuel -'ilson, a 
pioneer of east Tennessee, prominent in t,h campuigns against the Indians 
and one of fcha leaders of '^ipton's faotio a n the feud with John Sevier, whcih 
had been brought ahout by political differences, culminating in the attempt 
on th par t of Sevier to establish the Independent State of Frankland. This 
marriage was bout 1790, and to htis uinon were born nene children, viz., 
Robert, ~>:mule, James, .ill lam, Nanny Agnes, -^hoda, -lizabeth, B beoca, and 

•■Hi 11am and .'-argaret moved to Indiana in 1808, and settled in the 
vicinity of thy present site of Madison, near the Ohio li iv-.;r, where he lived 

f r about ten u ar aret died here. 

Indiana, in 1808, was as wild and unsettled as 'I'ennesse had been 
when the shields family settled there a quarter of a century earlier, but 
the national government was in a better position to furnish' the Indiana se- 
ttlers with protection from the Indiana than had been the case with Tennessee 
in the infancy of the Republic. In 1809 there were only 911 votes cast in 
the entire territory of 1 ndiana, larger then than the state is nor, Louis- 
ville, Ky., just across the Ohio River, had a population of only a few hun- 
dred. In 1G08 Frederick: ***tek had established one of the first .permanent 
ferries across he river, near the present town of Llauckport. ""t is probable 
that the four or five families of °l iedls coming to Indians in 1808 cressed 
here, as several of them settled, temporarily or permanently, ueraby. In 
1812 the frontier line extended from Vinoennes east almost to ^efferson 
County, and then followed roughly the line of the Twelve Mile Purchase, north 
of the line of the National Road, Except for a finger of settlement running 
up the Whitewater valley, the line of settlement is pretty accurately 
marked now by the B. & 0. Railroad. To the north of this lino no ffhlte person 
lived, except perhaps a few traders around such posts as Ft. Seyae, -'nderson- 
town, and Torre ^-aute. 

About 1814 William Shields was married to his second wife, Amanda 
Logan, At this time hev;as living near i"-adison, aai her father, ^zekielc Logan 
probably lived tliere also, but some of her brothers lived in the vicinity of 
Walnut Xl -idge, in ,;nshington ^ounty. Soon thereafter we find -'illiam i*esiding 
in the northern part of Jennings County for a tme, but not later than 1820 
he ahd his family moved to tfalnut Ridge, near the present village of Kossuth. 

Ezekiel Logan was bom in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, near 
Harrisonville, not far from the old Virginia home of the $hiedls family. He 
descended from the old and prominent lo.;an familv of dryland and Pennsylvania, 
originally Scotch-iris h, to which General Benjamin ^ogan, of Rentuclzy, and 
later General John A, Logan, of Illinois, also belonged. To Amanda and illiam 
were born four children, °arah, J esse, Ezekiel J-ogan, and John, the latter 
having died in Infancy. The first two of these wore probably born in the 
original home near Madison, Ind., and the last two in '.Washington ^ounty. 

■'illiam Shields was feared by the Indians, ^e did not make a practice 
of hunting down savages and he had no deep-rooted liatred for them as did his 
nephew, John Mpton, but on occasion he did not hesitate to proceed against 
them. ..'hen he mov-d againso them they gave him a eide berth, for his name 
was known all up end drown the mountains of east 1'ennessee as a terror to the 
redskins. u e was not only a man of the highest courage and keenest vision, 
but he had a quickness of hearing and a skill in woodscraft exceptional even 
among the pioneer dwellers in the forest. It is said that in this respect 
he excelled the 3avage on his own /round, he is credited with being able to 
walk through the dry leaves of the forest and make no perceptible sound. il e 
could trail and Ind inn even in the night, and he could find his way about, 
unerringly, with neighter moon nor stars to guide him . Be was particularly 
adept in the t>rt of imitating the birds and beasts, and other sounds of the 
forest. He could distinguish a Seminole or a Cherokee or a friendly Chicka- 
saw as far as he couLi see him. In his understanding of the ■hrxdian character 
he excelled all of his brothers except John, and in physical strength he was 
excolled only by Lavid. ij e had no aptitude for business, or "getting ahead 
in the world." -hideed, none of the Shields brothers had, with the possible 
exception of James and Robert, <-e iras a hard worker, neither better nor worse 
off than the aver ge of his neighbors, and he was especially devoted to home 
life and his family. 

He doubtless hadjmany twilling experiences. One story concerning 
him has come don to us. -"-n the early d; s of th settlmenet in Tennessee, 


while the fields families were still living in Shields Fort, .illiam took up 
a claim and set out an orchard of fruit-trees on part of it. The orchard was 
a mile or more from the Fort. One day William and Ids wife, f-arguret, went 
out to the farm to gather peaches. »he had the baby along. The orchard was 
fenoed, and soon after they had entered the enclosure they saw so^ie Indians 
dodging about among the trees, and also discovered theri tracks. They started 
for home, puttin back the bars as they v;ent out. They kne;« if tjiej were dis- 
cover -d they could not reach the Far* before the Indians overtook them, and 
they had no idea how many there were. So they went into a plum thicket to hide 
and watch. Just as she was entering the thicket ^rgaret caught her foot in 
a vine and fell, with the baby in her arms. There was a moment of awful sus 
pense, but quickly iving it the breast, she quieted it. William held the dog 
with one hand, and in the other held a hunting knife poised to kill it in- 
stantly if it barked. In those days every settler had a dog sometimes several 
of them, and nwver ventured into the woods without it. x o the watchful sagacity 
of his dogs .i illiam once owed his life. '-i-'hese dogs hated Indiana, and in the 
forest they would scent one as they scented a deer, and having struck the 
trail of one they xvould not be quieted till their warnings were heeded. The 
Indians also feared then, and would often flee before them as from human 
antagonists. By some chance tin; do~ had not discovered the presence of the 

ndians in the orchard. ->oon seven Indians crept out of the enclosure and 
went their way. "Huh," said William, jokingly" If I had know there were 
only seven of them I would have killed five and the other two would have run, 
and we could have gathered the peaches." 

On another occasion while ^lUSwa was off his guard, at a time when 
hostile Indians were marauding the vicinity, and Indian crept up within range 
and was preparing to sh ot, when one of Wiliam s dogs discovered its presence 
and gave warning, enabling him to doige behind a tree just in time. 

After the death of his second wife, in 1824, Willi am, having three 
small children on his hands, his first wife s children having established 
themselves in homes of their own, married again. Thi3 time he married a you ng 
woman; we do not know who she was, where she oame from, or where she went after 
his death t.o years later. As is frequently the case, a young step-mother 
especially if she happens to be the wife of an old man--and William was approach- 
ing the agr of sixty— doea not get along well in hor new role. -e re told 
that sh© was jealous of William s children, and tried to alienate their father 
from them, but without 3uccesa. At one time she insisted on preparing William's 
meals and serving them to him herself , making the ohildren eat apart from her- 
self and their father, but he did not like t is arrangement and insisted on 
eating with his children, ^atters finally peached a point where the children 
were sent away to live with relatives, ''illiam lived only a short itme fifter 
this, having died about 1826. he is presumably buried somewhere a few miles 
north of ^alem, Indiana. 

t has been difficult to trace the descendants of William, though 
no more dixTicult than with most of his brothers. The writer has feiven 
more attention to him than to the others. This is because .illiam is my 
groat grandfather. With this explanation others will understnad w£y more 
details concerning this family rcve been found and are here presented than in 
case of some others of the ton brothers and their de«cendant8. 

Robert, ^on of William Shields 

i^obert fields was the first o ild of "illiam smd ^argaret Wil SO n 
Shields. L e was born while the family was living in Shields Fort, in Sevier 
Oount , Term., in the early 1790s, and he died in 1826. e know little of 

him, he oaane into Indian with '* illiam' s family in 1808 and later was married 


to Elizabeth Davis 5 she died in 1891, having survived him sixty-five years. 
They made their hone near the .resent ciyt of Madison, Ind. They had taree 
sons, --lijah, Jonathan, and < iiliam, sad two daughters, -llaabeth arri ISaily, 
all dead. 

Elijah Shields, just referred to, was bom in 1 24, near Madison, 
ndiana, and died in 1908 at IL llenberg, Kan. Kis wife to whom he was married 
in 1844 .as Catherine Morgan, a daughter of Jeremaih Morgan, who owned a lar- 
;e plantation near Louisville, Ky. Robert and his wife settled in Was ington 
County, ^an,, whore he died. They had five children, "eremiah, "iiliam, 
Mary M., Jonathan, and "artha. < iiliam died in 1855, ages 8, the latter in 
1856, a -red 6 years. "WTy M. was born in 1850. She married J* E, Dunford, near 
St. Jos.ifh, Mo., in 1869, and resided there and In ^oniphan County, Xan3. She 
now lives in Eos Angeles, C a lif. Martha married V. r illiam ^-adley, una they re- 
sided for many years in Washington c ounty, Kans. She was born in 1852 and died 
in 1392. Jeremiah \ras born at Wast Fort, A nd., in 1845, and ms married to 
rsuia .'illeford, in 1864; he now resided with his son, Elijah, at Blfc City, 
Kans. She v;as born in 1852 and died in 1892. SttMWtoi MMMaPdnwP i d tattMat 
ills children war: Elijah Monroe, Maryetta, Catherine, and two other that died 
in infancy. Elijah ^onroe was born at Bolleriberg, Kans., in 1069, and in 1892 
was married to Blanche V. Lowe; they now reside on a farm near Elk City, Kan. 
■""heir children were iayne, born in 1893 and died in 1897, Si en E., born in 1S95 
Jetta I, born in 1900, m onroe, born in 1901, Eilliun, born in 1903, Roy ti., 
born in 1906, Edna S,, born in 1909, C rsu i u> bom in 1J11, and Barry 01, bor 
in 1913. Haryetta, daughter of Jeremiah and u rsula, wma born in 1371, at 
Hollenberg, ^ans. She married **. E» Johnson, and they reside in ^akwood, Okla. 
Their three children are Edward 'leil, born and died in the year 1903, Celia 
Alice, born in 1905, and Howard Monroe, born in 1908 and died two years later. 
Catherine, daughter of eremiah and ^rsuol, was born in 1873, at Hollenberg, 
Kans,, and in 1901 married 3, ... Leevy of Mercersburg, Pa. *he reside at 
^lk U ity, Kany. They hud a son, Howard, bonn and died in 1903. 

3onathan, the second son of Robert and Elizabeth Davis Shields, was 
born Feb. 16, 1826, at West Port, Decatur ^ounty, Ind., and died in 1879 at 
Sardiania, *nd., where he resiede. He -„vas married to Elizabeth Fusil in 1846. 
She was born in 1824 and died in 1874. In 1877 he was a ain married, to Liinerva 
Bigeton, who died in 1895. H e had no children by his second wife. By has 
first wife he had a son, 'illian -ashington, and five daughters, ^ary J., Amanda 
■"■nn, Jemima, Elizabeth, and Sarah Catherine 4 ('iiliam Eashin ton Shields was 
twice married, first in 1865 to Sahah J. ^ddleiian, and second to his cousin 
Eartha Davis (second cousin.) ^e went to Kansas, where he died in 1875. Xi e 
was bom Dec. 25, 1.45. *ary J. Shi Ids wa3 born *eb. 1, 1949, and in 1873 
married Anthony '•'. Doxon, They lived for five years in Kansas Bid then moved 
to Mansfield, ./right County, Eo., wrier E r . Dixon died in 1909. s he ha3 re- 
sieded there with one of her sons, and at West Port, J-nd., and Kellerton la., 
with relatives since his death. Ihey had ifive sons api one di . .ighber, tow of 
the sons now living being Jonatiian ^nn ^ixon and I ra ipton Lixon. The former 
was born in 1879, is married and resides in ^ansfield^ E10. '^he latter was born 
in 1381, and recently moved with his family from I*n*fiedl to fiellorton, x a. 
-^hnanda Ann Shields was bom in March, 1847, and died in 1911. She married ••iiliam 
**cFarland, in 1867. Jemima °hields was bora in 1851, and in 1881 married 
Larkin M enefeej they reside in ffyooi&g* Elisabeth Shiels was born in 1853, 
end in 1877 married ^efferson -ig s; they live in Kokomc, Ind. s arah Catherinr 
Shields wa3 born in 1855, and in 1877 married £ohn Ferdinand; they live near 
'/estport, -Hidiana. 

E iiliam °'.ields, son of ^obert and Elisabeth Davis Shields, lived 
and died in indiana. One of his sons, illian Preston Shields, lives .iear 
^aytten, ind. A daughter, Mrs. Eliza Thurston, lives a Brevrorsville, Ind. 


A son, ^attin, lives in Q&Uhoma. A son, Josiah, lives in Arkansas. 

ve have no further information conderning Elizabeth an. ^milyk 
daughters of Robert and h li E abeth Davis Shields. 

Samuftl, opn of *iliam ^hislds 

We knov; very little of u amuel. % separated from his first wife 
in Indiana, and went ot Illinois, and later to Missouri , and he and his des- 
cendants, if he ever hed any, have i.een lost to the rest of the family. 

■Wes, ^on of ^ 1111am Shields 

J ames, commonly known as c olonel < Shields, was one of the 
older children of '-'illiaia and liargaret Shields, was probably the second 
oMld. **• gained nil military title because of h:'s activities in the « J ar of 
1812 and in the Indian campaigns during the territorial days of Indiana, K© 
was born in Sevier County, Tenn., in August, 1794, e came with his parents 
to southern Indiana in 1808, settling first at what was Old Port Columbia, 
north of Brewersville, then a wilderness, but later making hia home at Vernon. 

o entered the land now know as the I'arm of ^ames E>« HcCa aion, on Sand Creek 
above Brewersville, before Indian became a state. 

u e was twice married; his .'irst wife Has Sarah J. ^cCausland, 
v.ho died about 1834; his second wife was a widow, whose maiden name was 
^artha "'ilson, but w::ose first husband was a iioCaslin, his children by his 
first wi e wer-= "illiam Preston, ary i^llen, John ipton, hli z a J., ^aney Ann, 
and James Sevier; by his second wife were Charles,' Sarah T., and Diana Aloestis, 
gen rally called .alio© D, There were tv.o other children, ^arvey ard ''infield, 
who died young. 

In addition to being a soldier and a leader of men Col. James Shields 
excelled as an axeman, arid always led the prooession as a wood-ohopper or 
rail -splitter in pioneer days. 

There is one interesting incident conderining his fistic ablities 
before the days of gloves and the square ring. u e sas regarded as "game" 
through and t. rough* and was ready to defend his reputation against all coders, 
In those days Saturday was market day for the farmers around Vernon. °n the 
particular Saturday in question, upon arriving in town, Jame3 learned that some 
"good an" from Tennessee had heard of him and hi3 reputation and had come the 
entier distance to see who was the better man. After trying for several hours 
to get the stranger to the point of action, and without success, Colonel James 
beoame disgusted and prepared to return to his home up near Brewersville. 
But his Vernon friends propsed a method qf getting the two men together that 
was successful. y ol« James was to start home and the friends were to tell 
the stranger that it was all off unless he should follow him up, and possibly 
by dor g this he would get the Colonel keyed up until he would do something, 
3ince he had by this time a few drinks ahead. A ll agreed to this and he started 
home. Up in the "narrows" jUBt north of Vernon c olonel Jams stopped, and 
v.-.ry shortly the 3tranger car/.©, heading a procession, he at once began banter- 
in ;, and finally got Jejros out of the wagon. From this p^ int on, as the story 
i s related, there is little to he told; in a few minutes Shields had given 
the Tennesseean the knockout anid the applause of the Vernon contingent. 

James, with his cousin, John I' ipton, took the contract, in the early 
days of Indian's hist ory, to clear the trees and stumps from the State house 
grounds at Corydon, which was at first tne erritorial and later the staue 
capitol. During the Civil "ar he wa3 a member of the eompany of honesguargi 


at Vernon, on:l wh ft General JoH; Morgan made Lis raid into that section of 
the state he actively engaged in opposition to the raiders, ^uring the battle 
he was wounded, knocked off his horse, taken prisoner find carried to Dupont, 
where he was relaeased because nis captors were not able to hold the prisoners 
longer. a e was a Baptist and a democrat. *±e died in 1875. 

William -"'reston °hie ds, son of ^olonel James, was the first white 
child born on Sand Creek, near Brewersville, Ind. H e was bora ^ec. 16, 1317, 
and \to.s buried in the cemetery at Vernon, Indl, May 25, 1903, beside a 
worthy wife whose death occurr ed twenty-five years earlier, ^e died after 
a long and healthy life, following a snort illness of one day, in the home 
he had built fifty years before, and on the farm he had oultivated since 1839, 
except while serving a term as the first clerk of Jennings County. 


t the time fo his death William Preston Shields was the oldest 
native horn oitizen of J ennings u ounty. *t the time fo his birth that part 
of Sand Creek where he was born -ms a favorite camping ground of the Indians. 
Bein, fhe first white child bora on the stream he was a great favorite of the 
numerous squaws and brave j of the vicinity who insisted on, and were sometimes 
allowed the privilege of keoin g hia in their camp for days at a tine, always 
returning him to his mother at night. -'hile a mere boy he entered as a clerk 
in one of the principal stores in Madison, continuing in that capacity until 
his marriage in 1839 to il iss "lisahoth Jano Davis, after which he fee ; ^an farm- 
ing, ^e was aman of the intellectual type, a persistent, untiring reader, 
a logical reasoner, a Bern crat in politics, and Haterailist in religious 
belief. Those who knew him best say that during his lifetime he did more 
hard work than an., other man who ever lived in Jennings County, he was a 
most genial and liberal man, and it is said that his chief fault wand weakness 
was atoo great benevolence and kindness of heart that constantly prompted him 
to give his earnings to those he though; in neeed. 

Sarah J ane b hiilds, the oldest daughter of svilliam Preston Shiedls 
was bora in 1843, at Cherry Valley, Jennings Count. , -hid. In 1863, at But- 
lerville, ind. she married &m* R. Button, aad in 1864 a daughter, Anna, was 
born. °he married J. J. Stewart in 1895, and their children, in turn, are 
J eanetta, born in lo97, and John, born in 1901. They live at Ilopedale, 111. 
Jeanstta ^rried Albert Laherty in April, 1917. ;> 'rs. Hutton resided at But- 
lerveille, being an invalid, as the result of havin ; been attacked ■. nd severely 
injured by a hog tW9 or throe years a o. 

Agnes "^argaret Shields, daughter of ff&llaa Preston Shields, was 
born June 15, 1849. "ot. 10, 187G, she married *m, II. Boyd, a °ivil iar 
Verteran. She resides rlth her daughter, ^rs. Jones, at Los Hali.ios, ^al. 
She had eight children, as follows: ^osseK., who was born Sept. S, 1871, and 
was married to Arietta Trench in June, 13Clj their children are Grover Cleve- 
1-nd, born June 15, 1893, **ay **«y* bo - n "° * 19 » 1895, Zelpha, bora J une 
6, 1897, married ^obert m atlook, Dec. 25, 1913, and resided at Seattle, 
Jash. , Agnes, born June 1,, 1399, Neva, bora A ug., 1901, Gladys, born in June, 
1904, Velma, born in 190o, Sari French, born in 1908 and died the sane ye r, 
Bthslj bora in Calgary, C an ada, in 1909, So ert born at Taft, u anada, in 1911, 
and Geraldine, bora Nov. 1, 1314. G hi.s. 3. B oy d, son of Agnes M., was born 
in Dec. 1873, and died aged four years. Samuel J. J-oyd was born -"-pril 12, 1876 
in Butlerville, Ind. a e leTt J ennings County in 1S99, hav ng enlisted in the 
U. S. Army on Jan. 6 that year. He *as assigned to the Third U. S. i nfantry 
then at *ort S no lling, Minn. On the 30th of that month he sailed with his 
oomrades from »*ew York, via Gibraltar, Port Said, Aden, Colombo and Singapore 
fior 'aiiila, 9« I. he sorve-d d rin ;j the Philigpine Insurrection and was dischar- 
ged with the rank of Sargeant J an. 5, 1902. He thereupon entered the Philip- 
pine ^ivil Servioe, aai remained in the work until June 5, 1905. He then returned 


to "Sidiana, and shortly thereafter settled at *©tt, K« D., then a town of 
only two or three borad huts. He entered the civil ser.ic:. again and was in 
Panama for a time, but returned to Uorth Dakota on account of ^rs. Boyd's 
health, "e was married on June 19, 1908, to Bessie ^eadows, and thev hare 
six children: William Howard, bora ilay 22, 1899, ^arion &uth, born *arch 
2, 1911, Arthur Thomas, born July 26, 1913, ^orothy Ella, born ct, 26, 
1914, Earl Frederick, born Jan. 7, 1916, and ^lizabeth u rra, born M arch 27, 
1917. ^r. oyd, at the tine this sketch is ..ritten, is in the officers train- 
ing camp at E rt Snelling, Minn. Ernest J, B oyd, — returning to the family 
of Agnes M., was born in 1878 and died in Agust, 1G93. Msjry elizabeth Boyd 
was bom Dec. 27, 1880, and in January, 1906, married Nino Kenyon. x heir 
Children are h a ii e B., born °an. 10, 1907, ^arold Boyd, born July 13, 1909, 
liazel Bernadine, born August 22, 1910, and twins, horace B, and '"elen Bernice, 
born May 5, 1917, Horace B, having died in infancy. The Kepyons reside on a 
farm near k r. C ar roll, 111. E e it y Q. Boyd \ma born Mfcy 12, 1883, and was 
mB.rried to Sadie Williams. They resied in Chicago, wher his is a real estate 
business. E fl rl Boyd was born Sept. 16, 1885, and died five months later, 
^axel Boyd as bom Sept. 13, 1887, and in 1909 married David Jones. They have 
thr«e children, Thelma, born Feb. 17, 1911, Freda i*uoille, born pril 15, 1915, 
and William, bom a U g. sB, 1916. They reside at E os ^Linos, Calif. *tll of 
the children of Agnes M. s oyd wer born near Butlei-ville. 

/<£ ^ | "'illiam. Sharp Shields, son of William Preston Shields, was born 
^an. 21, 185#/ H e was married to i,; ajorie Denton, and they had ten children. 
Their first residence was in Jenn ngs ^ounty, md. ^ater they resied in Hamil- 
ton, Ohio. ^rs. Shields now lives in Seattle, Wash, -the children wer Myrtle 
born J an 21, 1871, first married "h&rlss "'oodward and second Charles Hofstott. 
They reside in Greensbur ;, Pa. a he has no children. r. ^offstott is a traveling 
salesman. M a ude, bornG?ct. 5, 1674, married Jo n *» Sweet. I'hey live on a 
farm near ^oodburn, "SidC "^hey iiave three children, fester ^aniel, Born July 
10, 1897, died in infancy; ^enneth Sylvester, born J uly 2, 1898, a barber; 
Robert Denton, bom "ay 21, 1802. Jennie, bora Sept. 14, 1876, ^arried "oy 
C. Bomagem, and they resied at 'I'acoina, Wash., where he operates a laundry. 
Their four children are John, ^argaret, Elisabeth and)Q9oi-ton. James Preston, 
commonly known as J. A., on account of is aversion to the name ^resto,:, born 
w ov. 1, 1878, is a barber at Greenville, Ohio, "is wife ws Myrtle ^ocke» 
They have three children, Noel Chancey, bom ^ug. 10, 1903, died in infancy, 
Merle ^ugenejfborn *»» 1, 1905, and accountant, Norma Amanda, bom ^eptember 
24, 107, and married ral E. Lo. A ens lager, August 11, 1928. Their daughter 
"elen Maxine was bor .> September 2, 1929. Elizabeth, born July 10, lbSO, mar- 
ried Charles Vernon Homer, a govemament employee, who died April 6, 1916* 
she resied is Portland, Ore. They had but one child, now dead, Winona, born 
Deo 27, 1883, died Hay 2, 1094, Hirma Denton, born ^pril 30, 1886, a school 
teaoher, married to u lve Firenstein, and resides at ^ill Station, near Cin- 
cinnati, Ohio. Blanche, born °ept. 17, 1389, married "vor Jones, a machinist; 
they h> ve two children, margaretta ^ucille, born Aug, 15, 1909, and ^ichard 
\or, bora ^r. 16,1916. They reside at Dayton, u hio. John Tipton, born 
Feb. 24k 1691, died July 2 of th sane ear. fcuth, born a ept 25, 1892, married 
George IS, Barr, a machinist; they live in Seatble, "ash., and h ve no children. 

Mary Bell Shields, daughter of lliam ^reston Shields, was bora 
in 1859, and in 1 87 she married ^lban °. "'Bailey, a cousin of former J overaor 
". J. Bailey of Aansas, They resided, until recently, in ^ennings county, 
■hid., but at this time are developing a rice farm near De Witt, Ark. They have 
one son, Justus ^reston B a :iey, who as orn in 1397. 

Preston wi. Shields was th youngest c Wild of 'illiam frestjn Shields. 
^e was married to ^rma. r erdun, and they reside in iiuncie, Indian . heir children 

are as follows: Lena, born in July 1686, married Bradford Kiner, and have a 

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daughterMargaret born in 1909; Anna born J an. I,\l808, married Km* Moore in 
May, 1917; Uruce, born in March, 1890; he works in a factory in Muncie; Frances 
who rarried Mm* Davi3, an employe of ^rshall r'icld & Co.; they reside in New 
*ork City; Hpton, ... o resides in -uncle with his parents; and Samuel, born 
in 1898. 

Mary Ellen Shields, the oldest daughter of Col. James Shields, was 
born Sept. 1, 1819. She was twice married; first to Nathaniel ^&±n, who died 
about 1835. Their only child was Jesse L. Cain, wl ??as born in 1835, in 
Vernon, Ind., where he spent the earlier years of his life. After a few 
years as a store clerk in Columbus and other to«ms, he vest to Nodaway ^ounty 
-o., where he taught school for a while* and later bought 240 acres of land, 
•ftien tkenty-one years ole he returned to Jennings County, Ind., and engaged 
in farming, and later entered che lime business in Lawrence County. M> the 
outbreak of the i il iar he enlisted in Company A, 24th Indiana Volunteers, 
infantry, and. he was soon made First Lieutenant. On the 16th day of May, 
1863, while acting Captian he was fatally wounded at Champion Lill, cefore 
Vicksburg, Eiss., and died two days later, it is recorded in the files of the 
'.Var department at Washington th; ; c no braver man sleeps on the bloody f & ,ild 
than lieut. Cain, his body was interred in the family burying ground at Vernon. 
After the death of M r , ^ain, Mrs. C a in married James Hobbs ^e.vby, in 1839. 
By him she had seven children, rererred to later. She died July 7, 1900, Mr. 
lJ ewby having died in 1875. She was a member of the Vernon Fresbyterian church 
for nealy sixty years. 

The children of Mary -lien Shields by her second husband were Sarah 
J ane N e wby, born in 1840, died June 13, 1902; she was a teacher in the public 
schools of Jennings County for a number of years; she marriend John B. ..ohnson; 
they had a daughter, America, end a son, John, who -as for many years a drug- 
gist in North 'ernon, Ind., and later a Pullman conductor for a ime running 
between ^exico City and Torreon; he is now engaged in the sane business and 
resides in ^ouston, Texas. Susanna Philausa iJ ewby, dauther of Ma*y Ellen, was 
born Feb. 3, 1842. he married first in 1865 James F. Chase, a conductor on 
a railroad, and later a farmer near Sharpesville, -^xi,, wi^ere she now resides. 
Ee died in 1886, and in 1895 she married ichael Koback, who died in 1915. 
"er children by her .first marriage were Lucille, bora in 1866, married u avid 
Bollinger in 1884; they resied in Eilshire, Ohio, and have to.. cEilJren, Frank 
and Ralph, the latter having one child born in 1917; there was also a daughter 
born in 1884; Mary F., born in 1867, died in 1868; Delia °'., born in 1869, in 
1893 married John Ilarrell; they reside at Elwood, Indiana, and have two daughters 
^nnle and Cora; ^obert J., born in 1873, died in 1892; Nellie &., born in 1876, 
and in 1696 marreid Em. Cox; Arthur ^., born in 1886, in 1904 was married to 
Addie Hoffman, and has two sons. 

Peraminta Stokes "ewby, daughter of Mary £llen, was born May 17, 1845, 
and died Oct. 23, 1914. She married John Canney Sept, 27, 1866, and the;; resided in 
Vernon, ^Ee was well educated and for a time taught school. r. Carney was 
a prominent citizen of Jennings c ounty. ^e died Now. 13, 1C80. Their children 
were Annie ^ inley Carney, forn J uly 7, 1867, died Sept. 24, 1917; she graduated 
from Vernon *-igh" School in 1886; was a primary teacher in the Vernon Public 
Schools for t>;enty-one oonsecutive years. She began teaching at Grayford, 
where she remained for four years, anJ then she taught two years in Maiorto. 
She was a scholar, educator, and a.thor; a natural, oouteous, painstaking teacher 
and a prominent church worker. Cora ^ay Carney, bom °ct. 19, 1870, was edu- 
cnted in th V e mon Schools, "'he has been the namager of the Carney houc; 
she now reside*, with iier brother John «alph, in Vemon. °esse Howard Camay 
was bom May 18, 1872, and died Now. 12, 1876. James Frank Carney as bora 
an. 2C, 1874, was married to W aisy « Norvelle Uec 20, 1399. ->ho was bo n 
Apr. 25, 1878, ad Edinburg, Ind. "o v«as a railroad trainman and conductor. 
Lis children arc Josephine £i uth, born ^prl 1901; : lbert liaymond, born in 190d; 


-=-ary argaret, born in 1909, in April and died in December thi t year; Esther 
Louise, born in April, 1914; ; ildred Frances, born in ^-ujust, 1815, J ohn Ralph 
Carney was born Dec. 0, 1375. u e was educated in Vernon *tgh Shoool and graduated 
from Indian diversity in 1903. a taught in the public schools for seven years 
and in high schools for five years* serving as r rincipal and Superintendent 
Is various plaees; for a while he was Professor of History at Vincennes. He 
holds a life state teacher's certificate, ^e has been Vice President of the 
ndiana State Teachers' association. Be is a lavvyer, being the ©nly one in 
Vernon, H e was elected Clerk of the Jennings °ounty ^ircuit C ourt in 1906, 
and has served tow years as President and one as Secretary of the Vernon School 
board, H e i s now e member of the v ernon city council. "% is a Presbyterian, 
tyfdfellow. Mason, K of P., and Redman, Hen ry Hoscoe Carney was born June 18, 
1879, was educated in the Vernon High School and attended commercial college 
in Indianapolis, Ee has served as a drug clerk, and later became bookkeepper 
for the Granite bituminous ^aving Co., of *>t. Louis, and then was cashier for 
the company. H e i s n0T/ assistant Timber Agent of the Iron fountain railroad 
and resides in "^t. Louis, I n 1908 he vras married to Charlotte Schweibold; 
they have one child, Jo'rin iv alph. 

LaDeoa La~ar Ilewby, dauther of Mary Ellen %wby, was born in 1846 
gnd died in 1861. ^bDotb. LaBue Ilewby was born %y 13, 1251. %ry Florence 
ewby was bona Hay 6, 1854, and married -illiam ^amilton Asher in 1907, but 
they separated. The two last named were for ye rs teachers in the public 
and high schools, and they now reside at Sharpesville, Ind. 

Henry Howard ewby, son of Bayy ^llsn, was born In 1863, he for a Ion;; time 
chief of police of North Vernon, and is now a guard in the state prison at St. 
i^uentin, Calif. n e was married first to Flore -ay ^cSuira, and second , in 
1898, to Emma Andrews. By hsi frist wife his children were H anoy Campbell in 
1913; by his second wife he had tiro sons, Howard A., born in 1900, and James H. 

John Tipton Shields, son of Colonel J anes, was born in 1821 and died 
in 1902. u e was a doctor, and enjoyea the most extensive practise of any physician 
in Jackson County, Ind. He lived in Seymour, where he was a man of prominence, 
at one tine being a member of the E e gisiature. His wife was Eliza Barton, 

e had four children, Scott, born in 1843, died in 1810 unmarried; P-oas, born 
In 1846, died in 1871, unmarreids Bring, born in 1850, diec in 1871, unmarried; 
and Elizabeth, born in 1870, now the wife of John A. Ross, a merchant and. the 
mayoc of Seymour. x he P.oss children are ^itpon, 1 %ma, and Albert. 


Eliza J. Shields, daughter of Col. ^anes, was bora in 1823. She 
was twice married; first to cha.3. Brown, and second to Henry ^ullivan. The 
Brown children were Charlotte 3ro7»n, who married Hobert Eckstein, and resides 
in ^orth Bernon, Ind; she has #ive children, as follows i Lulu, who in 1393 
married Clifford H n ; ;, u railroad nan; she died in u ay 12, 1910, leavin ; a 
daughter, Charlotte Long, born Feb. 5, 1828; Clifford Eckstein, a merchant in 

orth v emon, married to Minnie °anuels and has a daughter, Brontz, who was 
born bee. 21, 1897, and married Earl ; ilman ept. 30, 1936; holhie Eckstein 
in 1906 married /.If rod Riley, a railroad manj Bristow Eckstein in 1906 married 
Alfred a lady named Bland on ■aroh 12, 1902; he was a baber, and soldier : n 
the °panish American war. Their daughter LaVerne was born ij ov. 13, 1904. Re- 
turning to the browns, Martha is now dead; Fary Brown married Smith vaster and 
resiedes at Turkey ^ake-- estoffice Syracuse, Ind. She lias three children, 
namely, John, who resieds in Los """ngelea, Louise who married a Green, and Eona, 
who is also married. Eliza J. Brown -Sullivan had no children by her second 
husband. She died in 1904, near Vernon, Ind. 

Nanoy Ann Shields, also a daughter of Col. James, was born in 1S25 
and died in 1911 at J 'orth Vernon, ^nd. "^he married H e21 ry a # -ise in 1843. 
He ans killed at Chiokamauga, in the Union A rmy, during the °ivil -ar. They 


had three children, es' ie and Alzora who are dead, and :>i artha, who married 
John Long in 1866; she resides in ^orth Vernon, She was born in 1849. -er 
three childran aro Elizabeth, bora in Y372, unmarried, residing in North 
Vernon, and have three children, ^Hith bora in 1905, Catherine born in 1905, 
and nargaret "born in 1907; Charles H. Long was born in 1877, and in 1901 was 
married to ennie Hadley, t'.-.eir children are Rellen, Doxm in 1901, and John, 
born in 1905. 

James Sevier Shields, son of ol. James, was a physician, and for 
a time practised medicine with his borther, Dr. J ohn ^ipton Shields* in Sey- 
mour, Ind,, during 1853 and 1854. He was born in Vernon, Indl, J an.24, 1834, 
educated at Vernon and in the ^edical College at *an Arbor, Mich., later grad- 
uated from the Ohio Medical College at Cincinnati, After praotiing for two 
years in Seymour he opened an office in Hit •hell j Ind., in 185G, be in I 
phusician of the construction department of the company xvhioh was build ing the 
0. & M. Railroad. Be also practised in Cortland and Medor, and in Hamilton 
Cotinty. During the 1860s he was engaged in the drug business in Sey&our, but 
later sold his store, -^e was Carried ^reh 4, 1857, to i^ary -. -arbin, of 
Mitchell. They had six childrea, among them being Dr. James ^artin Shields, 
pf s eymour; ho in tuna has a son, Frank B., in business with the National 
rocess oo. Of Indianapolis, and a daughter Bary il abel, who married Hugh E. 
Gilford, General Passenger and Freight Agent of the Salted Fruit ompany, of 
"ew Orleans; living in Haileyville, Okla; he has two sons, './alter "and .Vesleyj 
Chauncey Earner Shields, a switchman living in St. Louisf and Jesse Shields 
of whom I know notheing further than that ha i* dead. Dr. James Se+ier Shields 
died in 1914, and was buried in Riverview Cemetery, at Seymour. 

Charles Shields, son of c ol. J ames, by his second wife, was born in 
1842, and in 1871 was married to Sarah eClintook. 1'hey resided at Reddington, 
Ind., where he died in 1878. They had three children, Bruce born in 1872, 
marreid and resides in Indianpolis, where he. is a railway mdil clerk; he has 
two children, Charles Brown, born in 1909, and Mary Loiuise, bom in 1911; 
Tipton, born in 1874, married, and is farming at Reddington; he lias tfiee 
children; "arie bom in 139b; Cecil bom in 1897; Jennei bora in 1900; and 
Beryl and Early* twins, born in 1904; L ucy, born in 1876, is now dead; she 
married George cConnell, and they had two children, John Frank, born in 1900 
and Charles Bru3e, born in 1902. 

Sarah £ . Shields, daughter of °ol« James, was born in 1846. D he 
married first a Dr. ..'ilson, and second Hiram J ackson* y he is new a widen and 
resides with her son an3 his family near Hope* Indiana, in the vicinity of 
^ortons burg* She is the only surviving child of G olonel James. °he has a 
son Elmer, who is married and has several children. 

^iana Alcestis Shields, the youngest child of u ol. James, was born 
in 1851, and was very well educated. She was for B long time a teacher in the 
schools and colleges" of Indiana and was well known as a leader in the ...C.T.U. 
b he married Hudus Redman, of olumbus, Ind., in 1892; they had one or two 
children who died young. oth'are dead, ^he died at G olumbus in 1915. 

"/illiam, °on of ■■illiam °hi Ids 
Ye know hut little of Ulliam Shields, the son of ..•illiam of the 
ten brothers, *e was twice married, the : irst name of his former i ire ei 
Hannah, last name unknown; his second wife was arte Wans. ^^Jf*"- 
weTnemo d Mary, ,-,rk, Jane, Samuel, Jesse. e knov nothing of any of them. 


Nancy Agnes , daughter of illiam mislds 

Hanoy Agnes ohields, a dmghfcer of •■illium and "mrgaret .'^lson 
Shields, was born in Sevier County, Term. , in the 1790s, and rwnoved to 
Indinn^ with her parents in 100 J, There she married Jamas Elliott in 1815. 
Their children were Rebecca '.vim, born in 1842, married LaPayette Morgan in 
1861; Jesse B., born in 1840, narried A rm Korean in 13C2; Pane:/ AcCaleb, 
bonr in lb35, married Thomas Gilbert i} rown, and. now resides at Niles a few 
miles north of Saline, Kans. living alone and doing her own Rouse work; she 
is lie only surviving child of Haney &gn«* And James Elliott; Jasper "^ev.ton 
11 too, bora in 1S,jo, narried o izziah Green, died in 1890; John Perry 
Elliott, born in 1830, married, to i^arriet u del, and later to Catherine 
Alkire, died in 1844; Ruth Jane ^llioAt, of -horn more will be written later; 
Absalom Elliott, born in 1821, married to Charlotte spencer; Maragai-et *, 
Elliott, born in 1819 and in 1836 married Alexander A«bttry Miller; Elizabeth 
Ann Elliott, born in 1817, and married Isaf.e i.endall, and later John Dunnick; 
Isaac Tipton Elliott, born in 1837, married a Margaret Davis. 

Ruth Jane Elliott, referred to above, was born ^ov. 15, 1826, In 
1843 she married Miles Bristol, but the,, had no childre lj Feb. 14, 1853, she 
married Richard ^mery Derrick. The children of this union were John Perry, 
Mary Cvanda, ii'ancy . llinore, Ruth Jane, Edith Ulyssess, and Asa ^mory. Fol- 
lowin ,: is a rief note of each of these. John Perry Elliott Derrick was 
born Aug. 22, 1855, and was married to Rebecca «*ane Wilson Oct. 22, 1878. 
£hey have four children: Roy Garner Derrick, born A r,9, 1883, married to 
Settle ""enefee in April 1906, and liar;, Schutte in March 1915; his children 
by the ir3t vdfe were tyle Derrick, bom Jan. 10, 1907 and. John Lamin Der- 
rick born Sep. 20, 1910; .Villiara *&ery derrick, second son of John ?. E. 
Derrick, ".*ias born Feb. 28, 1807, He is a teacher having graduated from the 
Stillwater, 01:1a. a igh School; Hazel ^ay Derrick was bora Jan, 6, 1809, and 
in 1909 married Sewell Hardy. She graduated from the Perkins, Okal. -igh School, 
'^heir son is Carl Hardy, lorn July 6, 1911. Lyle John Derrick was born March 

4, 1892, and is a teacher and farmer, living in Aashington County, Kans. Mary 
°vanda Derrick, second child of Rut. Jane llinor and Richard Emery Derrick 
/.-as born Nov. 20, 1857. On E a r. 12, 1872 she married Asa £« Coleman, an ex- 
tensive farmer in Washington County* Kans. They nov, reside at Hinhattan, 
Kans. Nancy .llinor Derrick was born Eov. 12, 1856, and married Henry Richard 
tfalson ar. 5, 1870. Thsir children were Albia Eveline, born Aug, 28, 1880. 
iu arried~Ben Evans .aig. 28, 1903, resides in Washington ^ounty, Ran.; 
Children, -ut , born July 16, 1904, Ralph, born Jan 21, 1906, Pllinor 
Josephine, bom Mar. 5, 1915; Carl Emery Wilson, bora **ar. 11, 1 S3, iiartied 

to Bertha - ottete fan* 6, 1909, is an estensive farm.r near .'ashington, Kans. 
Their only child is Paul Wilson, born Feb. 22, 1912; Blanch Ellinore .ilson, 
bonn V ct. 22, 1834, married John hitler, a farmer, residing near '-ashington, 
Kans. ' William "enry Ailson, born °ep. 10, 1899, was marri:*- to rem Wilson 
Nov. 27, 1911; their only child is Lois ilson, bom in April, 1913; John 
iilliott «'ilson, bonr Aug, 12, 1S96, graduated in 1916 from -ashin ton Aigh 
School, row a farmer in Washington* County, Rans. Ruth Jane, a dauther of 
J-mth Jane and &iohard ••. Derrick, was born Nov. 1, 1861, married Pra klin 

5. More;/ "'ept. 26, 1886, and died Kay 4, 1693; they had towo children, Dorn 
Derrick Morey, bom Hov. C, 1889, was married to • ary Belle ■"•lien iov. 26, 
1913, children <->eryll Clonde ranklin ore. , orn ^pri. 14, IS' 3, was married 
te Wster '""orey July 16, 1915, their child was ioissell Fmnklin, born ^y 20, 
1916, Edith h 
rt ov. V, 1860 , 
1<J71, and died vdtht days later. 

, UUl^ -«, J-i7AC>, Oj CH UllliU HRO 1.UOCJOJ.J. Ul.116.lin, UU1J1 ay uv/| 

•*lysses Derrick, daughter of ^uth J ane and Riohadr E«* was bor 
and died April 12, 1879; Asa ^mery Derrick was corn opt* 9, 

Rhode, Daughter of .: ill jam Shields 
Rhoda Shields, dau ;hter of .illia:n and A-argaret ..'ilson Shields, married Nathan 


Rose. They moved from Indian to Missouri, and little is known of them or 
their descwndonts. *he Children were F,;sediel, i^nmeline, lisabeth, ^aiies, 
"argaret and Cyrus. 

■Migabeth, Daughter of 'illiarn. Shiel ds 

Elizabeth Shiedls, daughter of ''illiam of th- ten brothers, married 
Joshua Lindsay, Their children were John, '±'i?ton, and Nathan. 

Re becca, daughter of v ill jam Shields 

Rebecca Shields was a daujhter of ''illiam and l^argaret -'ilson 
°hields. She married Jo . n &avia> Their children were y D a vis, who 
married Jess Johnson; ^li x abeth Davis, who .sever married; Ju arion Davis, who 
is married and resides near Tuskeree, la.; dames Davis, who married Charlotte 
''endall, a second cou3 of Margaret Davis, who married Isaac ^lliott, a first 
cousin (son of Jonathan Shields who Mu in turn i son of Robert and a grand- 
son of V. illiam and ^iargaret .ilson Shields;) her second husband was . ; ?orge 
Baker. They resided near St. Joseph, Mo., end their descendant live in 
that vicinity, and near Troy, and 'layetta, Kans. She had mm daughter by her 
first husband. 

Janet, Laugher of ■ illiam. u hields 

Janet Shields, daugher of "illiam and ^rgaret ''ilson Shields, mar- 
ried im, Williamson. Their children were Nancy, James and John. 

Jesse, Son of ■illliam fields 

Jasae Shields, th oldest son of "illiam eftd "manda Logan Shields, 
was born at Edison, Indiana, °ept. 20, 1820. Upon the death of his raotherand 
the marriage of hit father to a thrid wife, Jesse \ms taken to live with 
his half-sister, Nancy Agens ^lliott, Th story is told that when he ./as 
about nine yep.ra old he was being taken with his brother Eze. iel Logan Shields 
in an old -f anshionod prairie schooner from *eJAa»n either to live -with or 
visit his motl'-r's relatives in ,r ashiaton County. During the trip he escaped 
throw h the hole in the wagon cover rade by the loop at the rear end of the 
wagon, and ran away, his whereabouts remianing unknown for a considerable time. 
a e went down to '*ew Albany, Ind., and began shifting for himself, ^e.ter he 
settled in Rochester, -hidia :a, where he became the leading merchant, and was 
a member o? the state legislature and director of important interests in the 
oommuinity. Bii first wife was Catherine .elton, by when he had no children; 
by his sector,?, wife* -argaret -Robins, he had five children: Mary D, Shields 
bonr in 1847, died in 1851; Joseph Htpea -"hields, born In 1847, died in 1852. 
•illiam ay "hields, born in 1852, was married to Frances Xillen, and resided 
at Rochester; tr.eri to.v children are ~eRoy Shields, who wus married to Char- 
lotte Paddook and is new eng* ed in the real estate and insurance business 
in Indianpolis, and Barry K« Shields, who was married to "*ary hurst, and new 
resides at San Jose ^-anch, Gleiidora, Calif, j harry ii. Shields has three 
children, L ouis bom in 1908, l urst, who is dead, and Margaret, orn in 1915. 
Alfred Head S iclds, born in 1866, married to Elisabeth filler; and ^lio May 
Shields, bor x in 1C57, Married Chas« F, Kaehendorferi to r. Koehendorfer is dead 

and sne resides at Glendora, Cal. Bar son, Frederick Shields Kocho id.orfer, 
war married to BfcMl hupp, of «w Albany, J-nd. i'hey resied in Chicago, 
he is prominently connected with the -os era electric Company's effici nej 
department, a few years ago he vflas sent b. y that company to assist in installing 


the Bell Telephone system in Japan. Their first child, Charles, died in 
1913, and their second, '%ry, was born' in 1. 14. 

^esse Shields w?:s widely kno-n and well though of in all of the 
seotion of -^ndiam in which he lived. During the w ivil ar he gained the 
title of "the poor nan's friend" because he maintained the low prices on 
an enormous stock of ^oods that be had laid in before the war a selling them 
far below the cost of replacing them, and distributing them as judiciously 
as possible among those who could not afford to pay the prevailing prices of 
war -times. 

S arah, Dau ghter of - 7 ill jam u Iields 

oarah Shields was the oldest child and only daughter of "illiam 
and ^manda 1-ogan Shields, ^he was bom in Madiosn, Indiana, une 5» 1915, 
and died at ^amestewn, "T^U< Mag 27, 1894. She marri d Ja^es George, by 
whom she had nine children. Upon bhe death of her mother she was taken by 
her grandmother !x>gan and raised on a farm in Washington Count; ; , Indiana, v/here 
she had but few educational advantages and was required to do much work* 
Her children were Garrett Wilson George, bonr in 1836, died in 1880. "iartha 
Aim George, born in 1858, in 1864 married Caleb Easterling, and died in 1871. 
She was born in Salem, Indianan. , bub lived at various times Lb Karnes town and 
Indianapolis, She had three children, Hannah Katharine, born in 18S6, marrid 
Howard Witt in 1892, died in 1897, resided in Anderson, children, Malcolm, 
bor in 1893 and died in infancy, June born in 1895, and Katherine Easterling 
born in 1897, married a man named Johnson in 1916. Reverting to bhe children 
ofSarah George, the next was Eliza <Jane, born in 1840 and died in 1863. 
David Geor ;e, born in 1842. laxgaret George born in 1844- Amanda George, 
born in 1347, she was twice married, first to "Km. ?atterson in 1866, and 
second to Jo n H. Camplin, in 1894; he died in 1905. She resieds at Jamestow 
■Ind. Her three children, by her first carriage, were Fffie ,f ay, born in 1867 
and died in the following year, Wilbert, born in 1859, and in 1887 was marrid 
to Frances Kennedy; they reside in Chicago. Their three children are '^elen, 
born 1592, Horace Kennedy, born in 1895 and died in 1916, and Florence, born 
in 1872 and died the same year. John Wesley George, son on Sarah, was born 
in 1850 and died in 1854. Kate George was born in 1852, inindianapolis, 
and resi des at Jamestown. In 1870 she ?narried Wm. Darnell, and they have 
ei&ht children, namely, °scar, born in 1871, died 2.89§| Florence, born in 
1873, in 1838 married John F. Hall. He died in 1916. She resides at Long 
Treach, Cal. The children are William "arritt, born 1891, died 18S2; Ina ^aye 
bom 1S95, and in 1913marriod Frank A Snyder; John Franklin, born 1901, and 
Florenoe "argaret, born 1906. Harry Darnell, born and died in 1875. 

I-IOTEt We have neglected to mention in the proper place above, George, son 
of Lartha Ann E aeterling, born 1868, died in 1871. 

Jessie George, born and died in 1°>76. Oniar George, born and died in 
1880. George Koscoe George, born \±n 1~83, was married to Elsie Alice 
Heath in 1901. Wilbur Floyd George, born in 1837, and in 1904 was -arried 
to Blanche ^ackson. They have two children., George William born in 1906 and 
!Dna Blanche born in 1914- Kate George, born in 1990, in 1910 married Gene 
B« Camplin. They reside at Mooresville, Indiana, and have three children, 
^oward Darnell born in 1912, Gene Everard, born 1916 and arion P.eid born 
It '17. 

ERRATA^ On this page attove the persons listed with the surname "George" shoftld 
be Darnell Instead. 


The remaining son of Sarah Shields George was William u scar, born in 1?59 
and died in 1861. 

Esekiel Lo gan, Son of Wil liam Shields 

Esekiel logan Shields was my grandfather, tie was a son of 
Wilian and Amanda Logan Shields, born ^ay 20, 1822, in Washington, County 
■Wiana, and died Not 6, 1378, in Jackson County, Kans. Upon the death of 
his kkx±kx mother, while he was yet a mere baby, he was taken by his uncle 
Wilson B. Logan, of Walnut Ridge, Washington County, Inaiana, with whose 
family he lived until he was old enough to take care of himself. On April 
3, 1348, he was married to Elisabeth ^ane Elliott, of whom more is written 
later, and they setled in the vicinity of Rush Creek Valley, a few miles 
north of Sa]em, Indiana. In 1871 he brought ; iis family to Jackson County, 
Kansas, settling in the Ticinity of South Cedar. Their first crop was 
destroyed by the grasshoppers during the famous grasshopper yer, which left 
him in >rery close circumstances. He borrowed money with which to provide 
necessities and start a new crop, and paid in some instances as much as SO 
percent for it. Shortly thereafter he settled at what is now know as Shields 
Grove, nine miles southwest of Holton, Kan., where built a home and set out 
a lar-e grove of ine maple trees, on the highest topographical point in 
Jackson County, and perhaps in the northeastern sedtion of &*n*fttr. He lived 
i- Jackson Cou ty until his death- ^e was > uried in a sbw.11 private cemetey 
on his farm, but abo it twenty year later his rema ns were removed to the Hoi- 
ton Cemetery. He was the father of five children, Sarah E, , Garrott William, 
k -ary E , John hlnatlian, and ^argaret Semyra. 

Sarah B« ShiecJls was born in 1850, and deid in 1895. She married 
James fc Little, a leading fanner of °ackson County, and they resided on a 
large farm two miles west of the Shields Grove, above referred to At a 
combatively early age her health failed, and she died after a long illness 
from pneumonia. She was buried in the Holton Cemetery. She had four chil- 
dren, Lucy, John Elnathan, Arthur 0., and Jerome. L UC y married Fred W Putman 
and they now own and live on the old Shields home farm at the Shields Grove. 
Their children are Charles, born in 1899, Paul born in 1900, and Wable. born 
in 1908. John Hlnathan Little received his education at Campbell University 
at Holton, where he becare an expert pem»an and accountant. Upon his graduation 
he entered the Linscott State Bank ^n Holto , where he remained as """ssistant 
Cashier for several years. His first wife, whom he was divorced, was 
-attie Olin: tney had one child, Aileen, born in 1901 and i«d to 1905. His 
second wife was Nellie Good; their son, *elix, was born in 1908. They live 
on the old James W. Little f&rm eleven .idles southwest of Holton Arthur 
0. Little was married to Lois Highley, and they lived on a farm a few miles 
sout west of Holton for a time, wher he died from blood-poisoning, re- 
sulting from an injury to his hand in a peice of farm machinery. Mrs. 
Little and the ch ldren moved to Idaho shortly thereafter, in about 1906. 
^ is buried in the Holton Cemetery, his death having occurred in 1902. 
Jerome Little, the younrest child, was born in 1884. "o graduated from the 
Holton High School and attended the University of Kansas. H« was married 
to Edith Pagel, a neighbor s daughter, and they live upon and operate a part 
of the old James W. Little farm- They have no children. 

Garrott William Shields was born Feb. 1, 1851, at Rush Creek 
Valley, Washington County, Ind. In 1871 he settled with his father's family 
in Jackson County, Kan. ^e was married Feb. 12, 1874, to Fannie P. Stalker, 
formerly of Washington County, Indiana, then livin- near Adrian, Jackson 
County, Kans. Jess Willard, the prize fighter, later becare her step- 
brother. They sellted on the Shields farm, two a-, a half miles from what 
was then th<- country store and postoffice at Adrian, on Little Cross Creek, 


where he lived until 1904. She died Sept. 9, 1882, and on Dec 11, 188&, 
he was married to ttwry Beru.ett, a daughter of George W. Bennett, who re- 
sides on Big Soldier Creek, twelve m'les southwest of Holton. 

To his first wife were born three daughters, Dora Theodocia, 
Estella ; ay, and Effie Felecia. Dora was born in the little two-room, log 
cabin that had been erected by the Indians in which her father and mother 
lived for the first few year of their slurried life. She married James Davis 
Lewelling in 18 5. he was a Welsh immigrant, of the well-known Llewellyn 
family of that country. For a time they lived near Avoca, but soon settled 
on their present farm six miles north of Delia, Kans. Their children are 
*ary Elizabeth, born in 1807, educated at Campbell College, in Holton, and 
at the lii -h School in St. John, Kans.; Fammie 1'., born in 1899, and In 1917 
graduated from Holton High School; ^oy William, born in 19.1; Evan Shields 
born in 1904; Edith -ay, born in 1909; Elsie Marie, born in 1915. Estella 
Way Shiedls was bom on the farm on Little Cross Creek. In l-°94 she married 
Albert Milton Welt, or Christmas ^ay. They resided at various timet in 
^ackson County, Kans. and in Platte County, Mo. , later in Chase and "abaun 
see Counties, in Kansas, in Oklahoma, arid in Arkansas, and they now live 
nea.- Cove, Kar. Their children are Eva.M. , born in 1896, married James ^tto 
Holmes, in 1917.Velma Blanche, born in 1898; Cecil Albert, born in 1901, in 
1917 graduated from the schools of Gove County as County Valedictorian; 
Hazel Irene, born in 1900: Ivan Oral, born in 1908; Goldie Lucile, born in 
1904; Grace Opal, born in 1910; Louis William, born in 1913; and Donald 
Shields, born in 19 i 7. Effie Felecia Shields was born on the farm on 
Little Cross Creek in 1881. b he married Marion T. Lasswell, and they re- 
sided near Tecumseh, Kans. She died in 1916. Their children are H a y Wil- 
liam, who at the agg. of 15 was drowned in the Kansas Kiver at Spencer, Kans. 
in Aug. 1915; Edna arie, born in 1906; and Elsie '"ay, born in 1909; there 
was an6ther daughter. Flora, who die d when about two years old. 

Garrott William Shields by his second wife ad five children. 
The oldest is the writer, John Arthur Shields, then, in order, a son who died 
in infancy, Jesse William, Elsie Elizabeth, and Earl Haymond. All of these 
except Early were born on the farm near Adrian. I was born Dec 17, 1884, 
and lived on the farm until 1903, since which time I have been away from home, 
in sohool, and in work of various kinds. I attended collge at various times 
at Lane University, Lecompton, Kan., Campbell College, at Holton, ard Ottawa 
University, at Ottawa, Kan., where I graduated with the degree of A. B. in 
1913. Having won the championship record on the typewriter I attended the 
St. Louis Fair as a denonstrator, and since that time I have been engaged 
in prohibition work in Chicago, Kansas, Nebraska, H nnesota and elsewhere. 
In 1909 I traveled over about half the states coverin ; colleges in the 
interest of the prohibition movement. In 1912 I was Chairman of the Kansas 
Prohibition Committee, and for the followin g three years was National 
Headquarters Secretary of the Prohibition National Committee. Since 1916 
I have been in Minnesota, where I am the Executive of the Prhhibition State 
Committee, the most active organization of its kind in the United States. 
Or, Aug. 15, 1911, I was married to :, iss Ada Beatrice Vincent, at Ottawa, 
Kan, and our son, James Vincent Shields, was born Apr. 21, 1913. Jesses 
William Shields was born July 29, 1887, After finishing the public schools 
at little Cross Creek he took college preparatory work at Ottawa University 
and Campbell College, finishing his course at Ottawa in 1910. Since that 
time he has been a High School professor having been located at Kearney, 
Neb., Yankton, S. D. , and Calumet, :/ich. , where he is now head of the depart- 
ment of physical sciences "oth he and the writer are i embers of the 
Kasonic Lodge. In 1913 he was married to u'iss Grace E Dague, of Clifton, 
formerly of Holton, Kan., and they have two children, Carl Dague Shields, 

born in 1914, and Mary Grace Shields born in 1917. Elsie Elizabeth S -ields 
was born Ocfc. 7, 1390'. 5 he began her education in the country schools, lata 



finishinjr as Valedictorian of her class at the Holton High School, and com- 
pleting four years college course at Ottawa University in three years, with 
honors, graduat ing in 1S15. She not only ranked high as a student but also 
was prominent in all college activities, particularly in inter-collegiate 
debates. Like the writer, who has participated in five interstate oratorio*, 
contests, having won that many state .meets, she was a leader in public speak- 
ing and debating, but not much inclined to athletic sprots. After teach 'ng 
a year at the Valley Falls, Kan., High School, she married James leaver 
Tanner, a college classmate, ^r. Tanner for a ti e after their .ajsria^e was 
principal of schools at Alma, Kan. , where she was an assistant teacher. 
They own and operate a large farm near St. John, Kans. Earl Raymond Shields 
was born in Holton, Kan. , Jan 27, 1907, and is now attending the pu blic 
school in Holton. 

"y father Garrott William Shields, retired from the farm in 1904 
and s cne that time has lived in Holton, operation a few acres of land as 
a small truck farm adjacent to town. 

Mary E Shields, a daughter of Ezekiel Logan and Elizabeth Jane 
Shields, married Newton Jasper Bradshaw. He died eighten or twenty years 
ago. They had no children. She now lives in Holton. 

John Elnathan ^hields, son of Ezekiel Logan and Elizabeth Jane 
Shields, was born in Washington Co nty, Ind. , and came to Jackson County, 
Kan., in 1871. After the death of his father, for several years he operated 
the home farm at Shields Grovej later he moved to a farm near Holton, and 
in 1916 moved into Holton- His wife was Arthusa Dick; they are the parents 
of five children: faarion Pallia.;. Shields, bormin 1891 and died in 1916; 
Otis and Onie Shields were twins, born in 1393; the latter was married to 
a lady name-:"- Faulkender; Sadie is the youngest child and onlydaughter of 
the family. 

"ax-;aret Semyra Shields was born in Viashington County, Ind., and 
came to Kansas in 1371 She married George W. Elliott, and came to Kansas 
to reside ever since in Jackson County, now livin.- near Denison, Kan. They 
had but one child, Charity, who married Roy Cline in 1S02. The Clines had 
a son who died while a child. They reside in Topeak, Kan. 

Elizabeth J ane Elliott, the wife of Ezekiel Logan Shields, was born 
in Washington County, Indlk Aug 25, 1826, and died in Holton, Kan. I-lar. 27 
1905; she is buried in the Holton Cemetery She was the daughter of Robert 
tlliott, whose wife's maiden name was Elizabeth Campbell, "obert Elliott 
was born in Chesterfie 1 County, S. C, in 1789, and died in ashin-ton 

ou.--.ty, nd., July5, 1854. His father was a Revolutionary soldier, being 
one of General Francis -arion's men. Elizabeth Campbell was the daughter 
of Elnathan G. Campbell and ? :ary Thomas Knox °ampbell. Campbells burg, Ind. 
takes its name from him. His brother, James, was the founder of Jamestown, 
Pa., from whom that place gets its name. He came to A. erica from County 
Antri., Ireland, in the 1890s, residing at Pittsburgh, and alittle later at 
kneeling, and other points in what is new WeetVirginia. ^e and his wifexxpe 
separated, Elizabeth going with the mother of Tuscaloosa, Ala., wher- she 
married Robert Hlitt. The Campbell family was of Scottish origin. This 
E.nathan 8. Campbell was a cousion of Alexander Cambell, the founder of the 
church known as the Disciples or "Christian" Church. Th e Irish home of the 
family was at Pallymer.a. it is a peculiar coincidence that Eallymena was the 
old Shields home in Ireland in the early 1600s. 


dames Shields 

2. William Shields 

5. James Shields 

4. Jesse Shields 
4. " eedy Shields 
3. Lethe Shields (Gilbert) 

4. Frank Gilbert 
S. Elitabeth Shields 
2. -eedy White Shields 

5. Lycurgus Shields 

4. Eliza Shields 
4. Swing Shields 

5. Anna ^uth Shields 
5. Ewing ^hields 
4. Frances Shields (Barnes) 
5. Lycurgus L. Barnes 
5. Rebecca II. Barnes 
4. Nell Shields 
r. Lycur-us L. Shields 
4. Albert D. Shields 

5. James Allen Shields 
4. Francis Shields 
4. eedy W. Shields 
S. Sarah Shields (Blis'i) 

4. -ieedy Shields "liath 

5. John Lyman Blish 
B. Weedy W. S. Ilish 
4. lioton Shields Blish 

5. Tipton A. Bliah 
5. Edwin A. Bilish 
5. Stuart Blish 
5. Janet ^lish 
4. *.:jsa. !.'. blish (Thompson) 

5. ilar-uerite Thompson 
5. Elbridge Bliah Thompson 
4. John B. Blish 

5. Donald Bliah 

5. Sarah Bliss 


Lucy S. tflieh (Humbert) 
5. John Humbert 





Fred . Shields 

5. Fred b. Shields 

5. i-'-atfgaret Helen Shields 

5. Jackson ' itchell Shields 


•'-eedy itchell Shields 
5. Daniel Shields 
5. Thomas Shields 
5. ^-ar^aret Shields 



P. Shields (Dincinson) 


Harriet S. Dickinson (Waterman* 
5. Albert ». Waterman 





William Shields 


tester Bruce Shields 


; eedy 



Sarah Shields 


• b hielc 

i Shields 


Is (Baldwin) 


Ranson Baldwin 

4. '*ary A. Baldwin 
4. Elizabeth Baldwin 
4. Va el "aldwin 

5, Bertha Baldwin 
5. A lma Baldwin 
5. Ross Baldwin 
5. Ruth Baldwin 
4. George Baldwin 
4. Eli za Baldwin (Davis) 
5. Stella Davis 
5. Grace Davis 
5. aude Davis 
5. arry Davis 
4. ^eedy Baldwin 
4. John Baldwin 

5. " i ary Baldwin 
5. Price Baldwin 
§4 Rajjph Baldwin 
5. Charles Baldwin 
4. Jacob Baldwin 

5. Wilbur Baldwin 
3. ftancy Baldwin (Gilbert) 
4. Meedy Gilbert 
4. Tosc Gilbert 
4. Mayy Gilbert 
4. Tipton Gilbert 
5. Elija Bsl dwin ( k arsh) 
4. Edmund Marsh 
4. Seba --arsh 
4r. 3ob«rt ' arsh 
3. Charlotte lil arsh Baldwin 
3. Elizabeth Baldwin (McClintock) 
4. George ""cClintock 
4. Charlotte ^sClintock 
4. Sarah -^-cClintock 
3. ^My Baldwin (Marsh) 
4. James Marsh 
4. Louise ""arsh 
4. Martha Iv'iarsh 
4. Enna I'arsh 
4. Nancy ^arsh 
3. Geoge Baldwin 

4. Jacob Baldwin 
2. u ancy Shields (>"ooney Woods) 
3. Polly i'ooney 
5. Sarah Woods f'Pric) 

4. Elizabeth Price 
4. Lawrence Price 
3- Woods (Roseberry) 
4. Roseberry 
2. Po$8f> Shields ('TcClintock) 
3- George ll cClintock 

Barnes Shields, one of the te:n brothers, son of Robert and Nancy 
Stockton Shiedls, was born in Virginia in 1771, With the family he moved 
ot Sevir County, Tenn. , in 1734, and with his wife and children he again 

emigrated to Indiana in 1808. In 1795 he was married to Penelope White, a 


niece of James Wiite, the founder of Knoxville, Term. , and a cousin of Hugh 
Lawson '/Vhite, member of ^ongress, and candidate for president of the United 
State in 1824. 

James and Peneplope flhite Shields were the parents of five children, 
William, ^eedy fthite, Elizabeth (or Betzy), &ancy, and *olly. These were al 
born in Sevier County, Tenn. , cut while mere children were brought to the 
new home, which waslocated near the present station called Shields, on the 
B. & 0. Ha", lroad, between Browr.stown and Seymour, in Jackson C our ,ty, -i-nd. 
James and hi6 own son, *"eedy White Shields, were at various large lanti 
owners in that and surrounding couties. 

JBames Shields soon thereafter constructed a fort just north of 
the present city of Seymour, on the knoll at the rear of the present Catholic 
Cemetery: in this fort this family and that of his sister, "rs. J eanette 
Tipton, lived for protection against the Indians, --e was in command of 
the fort, and won the title of Captian in various Indian skirmishes in which 
he led the forcer of the settlers. 

In his old age James Shields became somewhat corpulent and lost 
much of the strength and a-ility of his youth, Ke is said to have been ery 
fond of entertaining his friends and neighbors and for this purpose he had 
a special dinin~ room, of .ery large proportions, constructed, in which, 
from time to time, he wo lid feast his friends. His heavy eating brought on 
the gout, which troubled him greatly in his latter years. 

One story concerning him is particularyl interesting as it il- 
lustrates his congenial nature. It is said that along about the close of 
the War of 1812 a man named Perry, from Ohio, was passing through Indiana 
en route to Illinois, and he stepped at the Shields place to spend the night. 
A friendship immediately grew out of this chance meeting, and Perry decided 
to stay a day or two, rest his horses, and hunt, fish and visit with Shields. 
The friendship grew closer, the days dragged into weeks, sad months, until 
finally winter approached, and Perry had not moved on to Illinois. James 
the urged him t stay all winter, as ther • wo. .Id be no opportunity for him 
to provide h mself against the cold weather reach ng Illinois at that sea- 
son as an inducement, so the story goes, Shields finally told him that he 
wou d give him half of his land if rerry would settle right there and 
neighbor with him; James was ther. possessed of about 1,200 acres of what is 
now some of the very finest land in Southern Indiana. -Tarry accepted the 
offer and stayed. In this connection it is interesting to note one fact 
that has impressed the writer: Eeginning with about 1814 we find the name 
Perry be .ng applied to Shields children, and we find it in only the family 
lines of those who at about that time were living or frequently visitine: 
in the vicinity of the place where the a'.ove incident is said to have 
ESS!? th * s . name ?er *J is t0 **■ *W occasionally appearing in the Shields 

ffS ; , ^ 8 *?. u h ° Ught ° f ° therS t at lt ca:ie fro * ^ *iaden name 
of the grandmother of the ten brothers, but we have no information as to 

da fl 1 a ««!li Pret - y C i 6ar «L that U '^ frfm this ^ ?err y ; and whether James 
dod actially give him 600 acres of land or ot, he seems, behound question, 
to have een quite popular with the Shields people. 

James Shields died Feb. 2, 1847, his wife hav ng died six veara 
earlier; both were originally buried in the old cemetery just north of 
Seymour, but in 1914 were re-interred in the new Overview Cemetery nearly. 


The writer has visited oth of these cemeteries. The old one is ne :lected 
and no longer used. It abounds in very ol d nonuments, some of them crumbled 
and broken- Anoung them we find numerous 6peoimens of bhe "mail-order" stones 
so lar ely used prior to 1350. These are in the form of a sandstone slab 
about three feet hi^h and two feet wide, with top rounded off and the upper 
corners protruding. it would appear that the lettering was done at the 
factor:/ fro -i copy furnised wit i the order, as it is mrkeily similar in style 
on all th"^ stones. On the one referred to appe-js the following inscription: 
"In Memory of JAS. Shield*, Who Departed this Life Feb. 2, 1847, Aged 76 yrs. 
mo k da. " ^t seems that some of t e details of his a :c were omitted 
in the order, a::d the spaces were never fille in. This monument is now set 
up in the Shields Plot at Riverview, with that of his sister, I.Irs. Tipton, 
and newer monuments of the later members of the family- The monuments of 
James' son, William and the latter s wife, ^enasha, are st 11 to be found 
among the vines and weeds in the old cermetrey. 

In this connection a note ab^ofct the flat stone monument of 
'rs. Tipton may be included. Thi3 tone is different from t e others, 
being Indiana limestone, made on the sport even to the inscription, by 
her brother James Shields, It was removed from the old cemetery in 1914 and 
is now in Riverview. It is six feet long, thirty inches wide, and three infaes 
thick, and it lies flat on the ground. The lettering is chiselded in Caps 
rather roughly, cut is quite well executed considering that Jaues was not 
a stone-cutter. The inscription reads: "IM 5S2MOR7 OF JENNET TIPTON, BORN 
IN VA. , KARCH the ?, A. 1702 & DIED FSB. the 17, A. D. 1827." To this 
has been added an inscription concerning the removal from the old cemetery 
by M. S. Blish, and also statin?? that she was the mother of U. S. Senator 
John Tipton. •'•he later monuments in the Shields plot are massi e blocks 
of granite, aaioung the most beautiful in the entire cemetery. 

William Shields, son of James and Penelope White Shields, was 
born in Sevier County, Tenn. , in 1801, and died while servin in the •Sadiana 
J-e islature, Jan. 27, 1840. When sever, years old he was brought to Jackson 
County, Ind., by his parents, in which he spent most of hie life. ■% i 8 re _ 
puted t: have been a very brilliant nan. his .carriage was an unfortunate 
one; the name of the woman we do rot know, except that her first name was 
Jerusha. She seems to have been a modern "Xantippe, " and she made life so 
miserable for William that or.e day he threw his rifle OTer his shoulder, 
mounted his horse, and without even saying good-bye, left for the "south- 
west, " wher- he remained for several years, returning j tst as mysteriously 
as he had gone away. They had three children, James, ■ u ethe, and Elizabeth. 
The latter never married, ^the married a man named Gilbert, and their son, 
Frank, now a man about fifty years old, is a conductor on the B. & 0. Rail- 
road, running thru Seymour, Ind. James had two sons, Jess and ' eedy, who 
reside at Columbus, Ind. Resolutions containing high tributes to the life 
and character of William S delds appear in the proceedings of both Houses 
of the Indian legislature shortly follwoir t ; his death. Hia body was brought 
home for burial in a farm wagon, and interment was in the old cemetery just 
north of Seymour, whe e his monument and that of his wife may be found. 

Iteedy Whiet Shields was born in Sevier Co ; ty, Tenn., July 8, 
1?05, the second son of Jam-r-s and Penelope White Shields,. In 1808 the 
family removed north to Jackson County, Ind., and this three year old 
child, destined to be one of the most prominent factors in the upbuilding 
of his county and state, was perhaps carried for several hundred miles, 
over mountain and valley and stream, through woods, perhaps, followin- a 
blazed trail no*t of tie way, ona saddle pommel, or mayhap only a folded 
blanket, on horseback in the arms of mother or little sister. ' Finally the 
family settled in Jackson County, near the present site of Seymour, with 
the upbuilding of which his life later became inseoarable linke d. 


Yftien the Shields faridly came there were but six families living 
l» fchfl eastern part of Jackson County, and ihe country was practically a 
virgin fox-est. <%ile a young nan Isfeedy engaged for a time in flat-boating 
to Hew u rleans. In 1352 he entered the army and had apart in suppressing 
the Indians during the Black awk "ar; ir. this expedition be gained his 
commission ad Capti&n. x heroafter he engaged in farm work, and in 1855 
was married to Eliza i J . -wing, a daughter of James Swing, of Brownstown, 
Ind. In 1346 he was elected to the Legislature end was re-elected in 1848. 
in 1052 he became a State Senator and was re-elected ir. 1356, and in 1860. 
i_ e was a delegate to the famous Cecocratic National Convention that met at 
Charleston, 5. C. , In 1360, Being a supporter of Douglas. 

:edy \\. Shields was v nm ,.f business. Hie dealings especially 
in land, were most fortunate, he owned a large tract, on which the city of 
Seymour is ow built. Ifl the north of hi u a few miles was the beginning of 
a town, and t .ere was another sout ■ of h,L. HVhen the B. & 0. Railroad was 
proposed it became evident t^at one of bhe principal cities ofsouthern 
Indiana would inevitably spring up where it crossed the Indianaplis, & 
Louisville track, which ran through the Shields Land* The matter of the 
location of the new road ab once became a bone of contention between the 
two towns named- Hesdy I . Chields at once quietly began planning to get the 
road for himself and brin;; tho crossing on his own land, andtp this end 
he offered the company a free right of way across his property; but there 
was some difficult grading necessary in order to locate the roar where he 
planned, and the company could not see its way clear to undertake it. Then 
Shields proposed that he himself would >nake the required cuts, and with a 
force of his neighbors he accomplished the work. The crossing, as he 
foresaw, was the beginning of a cit , which was at once platted and name 
Seymour, in honor of the surveyor of the uoad. He gave lost to all church 
denominations desiring them, and bult the Presbyterian Church, of which 

rs. Shields was long a leading member. He heplefi to organize various busi- 
ness institutions in the place, including the First ^at.onal Bank and a 
large general store. He engaged aeavily in stock-raising, an conducted 
pork-pack ag plants at Seymour and Brownstown. He lias been properly called 
"A Leading Farmer of His Day. " He died in 1866. 

The children of M»ddy White and E liza P. Swing Shields were 
Sarah, Bruce, Eliza i. , . Lycurgus, Swing* William II. , Meedy l , and Tipton. 

Sarah Shields Jiarried John H. Blish, and to this union was born 
five children: l^eedy Shields Blish, a prominent business man of Syemour, 
engaged with his brother, in the flour milling ousiness u der the frim name 
of Blish Killing Co. he MS married to Isabeela E~erin,;ham, of Chicago. 
They hare two sons, Jonn Lyman, and :eedy A. S. ^lssh. Tipton Shields 
dish, son of Sarah above referred to, is also a leading business man of 
Seymour, a member of the firm mentioned above; he was married to A?nes 
Andrews, and their children are Titpon A., Edwin A.k Stuart, and Janet. 
K S. and T. S. Elish, in 1914, erected a )4..,000 Farmers Club Building 
in Seymour, and institution unique in the history of the Farmers Club 
movement in this country, and also provided for the organization andperpetuA.1 
maintenance of a Farmers Club, i'his was done as a memorial to their grand- 
father, ilendy "hist Shields, me . .. Blish, a sister of the two n;en just 
referred to, marri : d E. ',. Thompson tueir daughter, marguerite, married 
Thoma" Groub, and their sou, Clbridge Blish Thompason, who lost his life on 
theill-fated Lusitania, left a widow, ^a.ude a. , now engaged in Red Cross 
Hospital work in Paris, France, -'e was connedted with the Bii s h billing 
Company, and was a graduate of i'ale; his memory tow Yale scholarships are 
provided for graduates of Shields High School, of Seymour, by Mrs. Thompson. 


John B. -lish, also one of the children of Sarah Shields Blish, is a United 

States B a7 al Officer, stationed at Baltimore he has a son Donald, and a 

dai hter, Sarah. Lucy 6. Bllth, another of the children of Sarah, .Tarried 
W, c. rT'inbert, and they had a son, John Humbert. 

I rude Shields, son of Veedy "liite ShiedlB, was .carried to Jane 
Mitchell. They had three children, fifed, Meedy M., and Helen. Fred is a 
passenger conductor on the "nion Pacific Railroad, ru ning between Kansas 
City and Server- <-e resides ac 3400 liohigan Ave., Kansas City, So He 
was born at Seymour, Ind. , June IS, 1370. his son, Fred B.. was born at 
Cypsum City, Kan., Feb. i, 1895; his dau,*her i&rguerite Helen was born at 
Council Grove, Kan. , Sept. 12, 1395; and his son Jackson '.'itchell was born 
in Kansas City, «r. July 24, 1906. 

'.leedy Kitehell shied la, son of Bruce referred to above, was 
born at Seymour, Ind-, Mra. 6, 136S. -is address is Delta building, Los 
Angles, Calif, his sister, "elen Hisabtth, was born at Seymour Dec. 7, 
1P72, married y Morrison, and lives at ?.5B Bonnie Brae St., Los Angeles. 
^eedy K. has three children, Daniel, Th ■-ms, and ^ar ;aret. 

Eliza ? Shields, daughter o? ^eddy White s delds, married A. W 
Dickinson, Superintendent of the Missouri Paoific Bailroad. Their daughter, 
Harriet 8. Dickinson, married S. Jewott Watennan, also a prominent rail - 
road offical. Kra* Dickinson died Sftr. 13, 1896, in a Chicago hospital. 
It is a peculiar coincidence that her sister, Sarah, died at the same time 
and place and under similar circumstances, and a double funeral service was 
conducted for them They were buried in Riverlve Cemetery, Seymour, Ind. 
She had a son, Albert W. Waterman. 

Lyeurgtt* Shields, Boa of Meedy "hite "hieldi, was married to 
Bane -^ccolla.;, *heir ch ldren were hli^a; Swing, who was married to %,ttie 
White an.- whose children are Anna Ruth and Swiagl Frances, who marric 
Barnes and whose children ars Lycurj-us L and Se b ot c a H« Barnes; i4 ell, who 
marrid Arch A- Dixon; Lycurgus I , who die" in 1916; Alber 8., who was 
married to '-la iVuett and w ,, o ha3 a son, James Allen) Francis; and eedy 
W. , who was raarried to '^arie Bblzer. 

Swing Shields iras a son of -*eedy White Shiedls, but of him T *e 

have no further information. 

William H. Shields, s n of Heedy Halt* fc hlelds, was born in 1343 
in J ackson County, Ind. , and at the family home in Rockford, in 1S12. Dur- 
ing his entire life he resided in or near Seymour. In 1879 he was married 
to Sarah Rester, of Rockford, eleven year his jun or, whostill lives on a 
farm near Seymour, and to them was bom ons son, Roster Bruse, in 1880. 
his son was married to Julia Adkins "osnell in 1909, and is engage-' in farming 
in Jp.ckson County, Ind. William II ^hields ivas a public spirited, and 
was for two terms 188 to 1390, a .member of the Indiana legislature. u e was 
especially interested in everything tending to promote the welfare of 
his community. ri e was stricken with paralysis about six year before his 
death, and since that ti e was in poor heal oh. he i ms buried in the family 
lot in Riverview Cemetery. 

-eddy W. Shields, son of ^cedy Rhite Shields, was born in 1345, near Seymour 
and spent his entire life in that vicinity. *t is a perculiar coincidence 
that his death and that, o .' his older brother, willia 11., occurred on the 
same dye . Be died in his rooms a!; the Hotel Jcnas, in Sey.our, also para- 
lysis, but unexpectedly, ^e was at the time fo his death angaged as clerk 

of the fckarik. hotel. 


In 1871 he was married to *da Conway, and to th m was born one daughter, Sarah. 
Following a double funeral at the Shields home in Rockford he was juried 
beside his brother in Riverview Cemetery. The coincidence is all the more 
remarkable since the deaths of the si sters of these :en occurred almost 
the same time also, as referre 1 to above. 

The youngest child of ^eedy W and Eliza P. Ewin Shields 
was named Tipton. Of him we know nothing further. 

James and Penepope White Shields had three daughters, Betsey, 
born in 1797, who marrid a Mr. Baldwin; K ancy, born in 1799, married first 
a Mr. Mooney and then Lawrence Woods; and Poyyl, orn in 1^03, married a 

man named KcClintock. 

Betsey Shields, daughter of James and Peneplope White Shields, 
was born in Sevir Co nty, Term. , and at the age of eleven was brought by 
her parents to Jackson County, "ndiana. On July 12, 1320, s e married 
°acob Baldwin, who was born in 1798 and died in 1864. '^hey settled in 

ackson County, where she died in 1877. They had seven children. Ransom, 
ftancy, Eliza, Charlotte, Elizabeth, ^ary, and George. 

Ransom Baldwin was born in 1832 and died in 1898. Be resieded 
at Reddington, Inkd. , allhis lif#. In 1§52 he was marri d to --artha Gilbert 
who was born in 1836 and die in 1906. hey had ei ht c -ildren: ""ary A., 
Elizabeth, Oramel, George, Eliza, ^eddy, John, and Jacob. %ry A. was born 
in 1854 and died, unmarrie i, in 1878. Elizabeth was born in 1856 and died 
the followin yea Oramel was born in 1857 and now resided at Reddington 
Ind. In 1 80 he was married to Ella ""cClinctock, who died in 1908. *hey 
had four children' Bert a, w o married Wm. Beckwith, Alma, w o married 
Louis Hawk, Ross and x Vth. George was born in 1 61 and idea in 1880, not 
married. Eliza was born in 18G2, at Reddington, and now resides at Columbus 
indian. he married Calvin Bawls, oI'Rdddingirnton, and th^y have four 
children: Stella, unmarrie ; Grace, who married Jacob Fields; i^aude, who 
married George Kewkirk; and Harry, unmarried. Meddy was born in 1864, and 
is still living, but we know nothinp further of him. John was born at Red- 
din -ton in 1868, and in 1895 was married to ^eona Allman. x hey reside at 
Reddington. Their four children are "«ry, born in 1896, Price, born in 
1898, Raloh, born in 1902, and Charles, born in 1906. J acob was born at Re d- 
dington in 1871, where he now resides, xl e was married to Annabel Talley, 
and they have a son. Wilbur born in 1£04. 

Nancy Baldwin, daughter of Betsye Shields "aldwin, was bo.n at 
Reddington, Ind , in 1 21, and died there in 1860. s he married Amason Gil- 
bert, also of Reddington, wher^ they resiede". They ha four children 1 
"ieedy, who was married to Elizabeth Williams; Toss; Tipton and iary: but 
concerning the last three we have no further nformation. 

Eliza Baldwin, daughter of Betsy Shields Baldwin, was om at 
Reddington, -nd, in 1823, and died there in 1897. *er husband was Seba 

arsh, and they had three children: Edmund, who was married to 'iary Bain, 
Seba, who wah married to Mary Foster and Robert, whos was married to Baura 

Charlotte Baldwin, daugher of Betsey Shiedls Baldwin, was born 
at Reddington, Ind., in 1828, and died ther in 1874. She was never mar- 

lizabeth Baldwin, daughter of letsey Shields Baldwin, was 
born at Reddington, in 1830, and died there in 1909. H»r husband was 


was Samuel tfi cClintock, and they had three children: George, who was married 
to iV "ancy "lien Davis: ^harlotie, who married Cass eem: and Sarah, who 
married Brwon Shields; 

^"ary aldwin, daughter of Betsey Shields Bald in, was born at 
Reddin ton in 1825, where she die' in 1899. H»r husband was Edmund % rsh 
and they had five children: James, who was married to ■<ary °ox: Louise, *ho 
married Levett Foster- ^-artha, who married Valentine *ox; Emma, who mar- 
ried Wm. ; nurrya; and Bancy who mar ried Smith Gilbert. 

George Baldwin, son of Betsey Shields Baldwin, was born at 
Reddinrton, in 1854 and died there in 1860. u is wife was Sarah Foster. 
They had a son, Jacob, whose wife was Bora Robertson. 

^ancy, daughter of James and Penelope 'Vi.ite ^hiedls, referred 
to above, had a daugher, Polly, by her first husband; she never married. 
Cy her second husband she had a da filter Sarah who married a Price, their 
children being ElizaLet, and Lawrence, and another daughter, rasas name 
unknown, who married a Rosebeery; the son on the latter is now a Baber in 

Polly, daughter of #ames and Penelope IV ite Shields, had a son 
George ""cClintock, who resides near Reddingotn, Indiana. 


Roi ert Shields 

2. Jesse Shields 
2. ^eedy Shields 

2. Robert Shields 

5. Geofge R. Shields 


John W. Shields 

5. Cyntha A. Shields 

5. Robert J. Shields 

5. Elizabeth Shields 

5. Sarah L. Shields 

5. George R. Shields 

Richard Shields 

3. John ■ 

Dipton Shields 


John Alwin Paul Shields 

5. Hal L. Shields 

5. Pauline L. Shields 

5. Thelma Ruth Shields 

5. Ella ::ay Shields 


Loyed B. Shields 


Robert Shields 


Sarah E. Shields ( 'c/ahan) 

5. Walter MaMfthan 

5. I^&ry Q. :<:c;'ahan 


Susanra Isadora Shields 

5. Perry 



Perry Shields 

5. Ja:ues 



Perry Shields 

5. George Shields 

5. Matilda Shields 

5. Delia Shields 

5. Margaret Shields 

5. Jacob Perry Shields 

6. Ella May Shields 

Cora Alice (Simms) 

7. The laaa Irene Sioms 
7. yildreri 1-iay Sinais 

Jacob Edwin Shields 

7. Dessie Aurilla Shields 

S. Jesse Shields 

4. Shields (Tritt 
4. Andrew Shields 

S. Henderson Shields 

4. Andrew Shields 

S. Meedy W. Shields 

8. R. Vc. Shields 

5. Kanay "hi elds 

S. Robert B* Shields 

4. Arthur fclaine Shields 
5. Rhonda Shields 
5. Edith Shields 
4. Sopnia J ane Shields 
4. Victor Shields 
4. hobart Shields 
4. Frances Shields 
4. Deboroah Shields 
4. John Shields 
4. Haskell Shields 
4- Grafton Shields 

5. Deborah Shields 


3. Sarah Shields (Shields) 
George R. Shields 

5. Frederick VVyatt Shields 
5. %ry E. s hields 
5. Roger Denton Shields 
4. William A. Shields 
4. John 1. 3 hields 
2. Nancy Shields 
2. Sarah Shields 
2. Deborah Shields 
2« Jonathan Shields 
2. Jennie Shields 
2. Polly Shields 
2. Sabra Shields 

Robert Shields was one of the sons of Bo ert and Nancy Stockton 
Shields. Ke was born in Virginia in 1772 and died in Pigeon Forge, seven 
miles southeast of Sevierville, Tenn. , in 1833. In 1992 he was married to 
Sabra "Vhite, a sister of Penelope White, the wife of James Shields, brother 
of Rorert, Robert and his family came to Floyd County, Ind , in 1808. He 
was a soldier in the war of 1812 under General Harrison. In 1815 he returnd 
to Sevier County where the Shields family had settled upon coming from 
Virginia in 1784. After his return to Tennessee he became quite wealthy, 
owning much valuable land. He had eleven children: Jesse, Meedy W- , who 
married Kan Floyd, Robert, of whom more is dated below, Nancy, Sarah, 
Deborah, Jonathan, Jennie, Polly and Sabra. We know little of any of these 
except Robert and Richard. 

Robert Shields, above referred to as the 6on of Robert and Sabra 
White Shields, was married to Eliza Floyd, a sister of Nan Ployd mentioned 
above. They had a son, George R. Shields, who was born ''.ay 8, 1833, in 
Blount County, Term. , and moved to McDonald County, Mo., in 1846. -±e was 
married to Anna IL Testerman, a daughter of J acob T. Tesetrrnan, and they 
had a son, John W. Shields, born Nov. 14, 1856; he was married to Lulie 1. 
Riggs ~ct, 14, 1830, near Southwest City, Mo. Their children in turn were 
Cynthia A., Robert J., Elisabeth, Sarah L. , George R. 

Richard Shields, above named son of Robert and Sabra White Shields 
was born in Sevier County, Term. , n 1793, and died in that County in 1865. 
Ke v.-as a farmer and a miller. His first wife was Susan Thurman, and his 
second was Emily Adams. He, like his father, had eleven children: John 
T itpon, of whom more : s said later; Perry, who married a la dy named Gillet, 
and died in Georgia, near ^hattanooga; he in turn had a son named Perry, 
and two daughters; the son lives just across the Missionary Midge, at 
Highland Park, Tenn. , and is a prosperous farmer. Jane (again returning to 
the sons of Richard) who went to Alabama, and later to Indiana, still later 
settling in Quincy, Hickory c ounty, Mo. For years thsi family was completely 
separated fromthe other Shields. e had a son Perry who had six children. 
We know no thin • further of this James. After leaving home he wrote a few 
letters, but he an I his father had a misunderstanding and correspondence 
ceased. The children of the son refferred to were George, who died in 1884, 
;r atilda who married Frank Anderson, Delia who married Calph Cruthers, -"-ar-aret 
who mar re id ^ra Ro6e and for a long time reiiddd at Humboldt, Kans. , and 
Jacob Perry who was married to "rs. Malissa Case. Thia Jacob Perry Shields 
was born in Indiana in 1844 and died in 19:7. Ba had three children Ella 
Vay, born in 1869, married John R. Cash in 18 5, resides at Monitor, Ore. 
Cora Alice, born in 1876, married A ichard Simms, of Greene County, Va. , in 


1895, and vrith two daughters, Thelma *rene, born in 1904, and Mildred May, 
born in 1907, resides at Hoff, Oregon; and Jacob Edwin, Lorn in 1884 mar- 
ried to V&ud. Canady in 1906, and has one daughter Dessie Aurrilla, born 
in 1906. 

Jesse Shields a son of icha rd and grandson of Robert of the ten 
brothers was a soldier. XA e serve in the Mexican War and was at the capture 
of ?5exicao City; he was also a captain for three years in the Second Term. 
Cavalry during the Civil Y/ar; he died in Alabama. Hie wife was 'iargaret 
Spur eon, and thay had one son, Andrew Shiedls, who lives at Hoyds Creek, 
Term. , thye had a daughter, ftxmte unknown, who married W. H. Tritt, of 
Witts Foundry, Tenn. Henderson, brother of "esse just referred to, v;ho had 
one son Andrew, and one daughter, was killled by a cannon ball at the battle 
of Vicksbur^ in 1864? the son Andrew owns and lives on a fine farm a short 
distance elow Knoxville, on the Tennessee River. Keedy ff. another brother, 
who was born in 1347, has been a minister, and n w keeps a hotel at Spring 
Place, Ga- , B Ue who is an official of the state prison at ^etros, Tenn. 
Uancy who married a Ferryman and lives near Pigeon Forge, *enn. Robert H. 
of whom more is said below; Deborah, who married a Inquire; Sarah, who 
married a distant cousin, Jesse H Shields, who was a (treat -ra d.son of 
Richard, one of the tne borthers; her family is referred to in connection 
with her husband's family line. 

John Titpton Shields, referred to above, was a son of Richard 
Shields and a grandson of Robert, ~e was a physician, born Sept. 27, 1825 
in Sevier County, Tenn., and died Oct. 29, 1907, at Chestnut Rill, Jefferson 
County, Tenn. lie was married to Margaret Q. H 11 "ar. 14, 1354. lie served 
as a physician dur ': Ag^the Mexican War. He was a Brigadier General of milita 
in the United States Army at the out break of the Civil War. When the 
Civil War broke out he became a strong Union Sympathizer, and as such had 
great influence in eastern Tennessee. The rebels tri^d to kill him. In es- 
caping to the north he was exposed to the weather, and upon his arrival at 
Camp Kelson, Ky. , lis physical condition was such that he was rejected from 
service in the Union army. He the went to Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri 
visiting distant relatives, and aL the close of the war returned to Tennessee. 
he also was a pominent man in civil affairs, being the first Trustee of 
Sevier County. lie held Elder's Orders in the Halted Brothers Chuch, was 
an a le speaker, and was consideeed one of the best informed men in the State. 

H wassix feet tall an- wei hten two hundred pounds. He was buried at 
Chestnut Kill cemetery, at Bean's Station, near Knoxville, Tenn. u e had five 
children: John Alwin Paul Shields, referred to later, Loyed B. Shields, born 
Dec. 1, 1856- Robert Shields, born i.'ar. 4, 1861 and died th* same year : Sarah 
E. Shields, born Cct. 15, 1862 and died in 1881; she married, a R. A. IfcMarmn 
and their son, Walter, is a prominent physician in Sevierville, formerly 
a member of the Tennessee Legislature, and private secretary to former Con- 
gressman v oroney their daughter %ry Q. KeM&h&n married John Dennis; 
Susanna Hadore, also a daughter of Dr. John Tipton Shields, was born Nov. 26 
1854, and died four year later. 

John Alwin Paul Shields, son of Dr. John Titpon Shields, above 
referred to, was born Kov 17, 1869, at Chestnut Hill, Tenn. he has his 
medical degree from U. ff. Grant University, from which institution he grad- 
uated as president of Ms class, wit: the gold medal. He is five feet^nd 
eight inches tall, and weighs two hundred pounds is a rood athletic man- 
He has dark hiar tinged with gray, red mustache, and blue eyes. His wife 
Josie E. I cAndrew, is of Scotch descent- Ell five children are: Hal L. , 
born Sept. 16, 1901, died In 1815: Pauline L. , born Sept. 27, 1903; Theftaa 
Ruth, born ! ar. 11, 1905; and Ella '.'ay, born Jan. 


21, 1909. "e is a physician, connected with a lumber concern, at '"'.orma, Tenn. 

"obert Shields, :ientione j above, a son of Richard, was, like 
his father, a prominent man of Sevier County, Tenn. lie was for many years 
a Trustee of the county f e was born in 1857, and died in 1916. His wife's 
maiden name was Clabo. His children were Arthur ^laine Shields, who was 
married to Sophia Jane HcClure; they have two da .-hters, Rhonda and Edith: 
Sophia Jane Shieldsj Victor Shields; Mobart Shields; Frances Shields; 
Deborah Shields: Jorai Shieldsj Haskell Shields; Grafton Shields; and two 
other daughters who are married, but whose na^es we do not know. 


John Shields 

2. Jennie b hileds (?) (Tipton) 
3. Spier Shields Tipton 

John Shields, sonof Revert and ^ancy Stockton Shields, is, in 
one respect, the best knwon of all the ten brothers, but although he has 
more claim to a place in the history of his country than has any of his 
brothers, we knew rlsomst nothing; about him. He was tha gunsmith on the 
Lewis 4 Clark Expetion to Oregon, commissioned by President Thomas Jeffer- 
son to explore th^ Missouri Siver to its source, and then go across the 
mountains to the hear waters of the Columbia, and follow its course to the 
Pacific u oean. This little party of twenty-nine men left St. Louis in 1804 
and was more than two years in accomplishing its mission. 

John Shields is highly spoken of in the reports of both Lewis aid 
Clark as a scout and gunsmith, although very little of an intimate nature 
is known of him- Be is crrdited with having preserved the lives of the 
members of the party during their first winter, which was spent near the 
present cijsy of handan, I. D He diplomatically kept the 'andan Indians 
in good humor, and through his skill as a blacks-it , fashioned all sorts 
of old metal into hatchets, knives, and ether implements, imic. were traded 
to the Indians for corn and other rovIsion6 so sorely needed when the little 
party found itself destitude and facing starvation. Too much credit cannot 
be -iven to this little party for the work it did. 

Jennie Shields, the cousin and wife of General John Titpon, is 
generally believed to have been the daughter of this explorer, although it 
must be admitted that this cannot at present be definitely proved. More 
ofher and her descendants will be found in connection with the story of 
John Tipton, and his mother, Janet Shields Tipton. 

What became of Jo n Shields we do not know. For a time at 
least, after his return from the west, he li ved in soughern Indiana, but 
later his return from Indiana to Sevier County, Tennessee, -where he pro- 
bably was buried. 

Shortly followin- tho War of 1812 we find a reoord of his having 
made repeated efforts to gain some recognition for his immensely valuable 
efforts and services to his country. His long trip, together with the fatigue 


and exposure incident to it, ruined his health, and it is said that he 
wore his life away in Washington in a van effort to get Congress to re- 
lieve his poverty by aking some provision for him in return for what he 
had done. No reward was over given him, howerer, during his lifetime, ano 
now, "th fitful fever of life beirr; ovee, he seeeps well," but there is 
not a stone to rale the place of his buria3 known. Perhaps soar.vhere in 
Indiana, or in the mountainaof eastern Tennessee, or in Virginia, where he 
was born nobody knows just whero, his remains reoose. Ha is, by the govern 
ment for which lie did 30 much, left, so far as it is concerned, without a 
monument to mark his ratting lace, or a line of record to indicate where 
it might be found. 


1. Joseph 




V. Shields 


Sarah Shields 


Willia 0. Shields 


Jane Shields 


Ellen Shields 


^enry H. Shields 


%Ttin Shields 

4. David H. Shields 

5. Wllaft Louise Shied Is 
5. i'-^ary Arline Shields 
4. W. E. Shields 
4. Josie i--ey Shields 
4. Isaac Lruce Shields 
4. i-attie Ellen Shields 
4- iiarry V. Shields 


Ellii Shields 


John J. Shields 


Susan Shields 


Eli Shields 

5. ancy Shields 

3. Polly Shields 
KiBjia -hirlds 

3. I'inzie y hileds 

4. Laura Shileds 
4. Etta Shields 
4 Guy Shields 
4. Iiattie V. Shields 
4. Lucy C. Shields 
4. Hiram Shields 

3. John A. Shields 

4. iliza Shields 
4. Louis Shields 
Joseph Shields 

3- -ary Ann Shields 

3. ftathan Shields 

3 Emizia Shields 

3. William Shields 

3. Eliza ^hielde 

3. Susar Shields 

3. Ettie Shields 

3. Lucy Shields 

, -58- 

2. Asa L. Shields 

S. John W. Shields 
2. Hiram Shields 
2. David Shields 
2. -'esse Shi-Ids 

Joseph was one of the younger sor. s of 1-iobert an. ^ancy dtockton 
Shields, borr in the Shenandoah valley of Virginia probably in the late 
1770s. We know very little of him. *m was severely wounded by a party of 
Cherokee Indian, near Sevierville, Tenn. on April 18, 1793, at the time 
that his borther-in-law, Joshua Tipton, was killed. ; -e lived in the vicinity 
of Sevier County, Tenn. , from the time the Shields family came to that sec- 
tion until about 1303, when he went north, probably to Louisville, or some 
nearby place ; n Kentucky, and later into Harrison County, Ind. ^e had six 
sons? there ray have v ee: more. Their names were hathan V., of whom more 
is said later: Kinzie, also again referred to; Jose oh, who is mentioned be- 
low; Asa L. who was first aarri:d to ary ','lner, and second to Rachel See- 
horn, in 1860, 9aA iTho had a son by his first wife named John •. Shields. 
The other sons of Joseph were Hiram, David, and Jesse. 

"athan V. Shields was born June 3, 1808, in sevier County, Tenn- 
When a child, probably about 1808, he moved wit;, his parents tc --arrison 
County, Indiana, vdier he wtis latter married to Pooly Onion, August 6, 1827. 
After her deat . he was marrie: to --ary Kdngery, in ilarch 1835. In 1856 
they moved to Fulton County, 111., which then comprised a much lar ^r section 
than now. He was a wheelwright by tade. He died °ct. 15, 1866. 

The children or hathan V. Shields were as follows: by his first 
wile, Sarah, bom in 1828 married William Kike in 1848; William 0., Born 
in 18c0, died in 1847; Ellen, oorn in 18SX, marri d bpdriam Dubes in 1853; 
Jane, orn in 18S4> y second wife, Polly, born in 1835, and died in 1390 
never married; Eli, born ir 1857, married to Louisa iittleiohn in 1858, and 
died in 1864,bein~ killed at the battle of Kenesaw Mour.tain ftancy, born 
In 1858, married Henry bloomfield in 1858, died in 1865; Henry ' , born 
in 1841, in 1865 married to Tabiatha Weld on? "aritin, of w: om more is said 
later: Ellis, born in 1845, -iarried to Hannah H. Hughes in I889i Jon J 
born in 1847 married to Ariel Hughes; Susan, bron in 1849, married Conrad 
Fit z in 875, and died in 1905. i -artin Shields, refered to above, was born 
near Astoria, Illinois, in 1843. In 1868 he was married to '-*ry Van Meter, 
of acomb, 111. She was born in 1847 and died in 1907. *or a tins thye 
resided at -alia Bend, Mo., but he now lives in --acomb. Their children 
were David R. , of whoni more will be said later; W. E., born in 1871 and 

marr ed to Pearl- in 1900; Josie '"ay, born in 1874; -sasc Bruce, born 

in 1876; Hattie Ellen, born in 1878, married William Grafton in 1908; 
i-arry V. , born n 1861. 

David H. Shields, referred to above as the son of ^artin Shields 
was born near Astoria, 111., in 1869. In 1900 he was married to Fanrie Ar- 
line "odge, of Sal a, Kans. He v>as at various time reside^ in Fulton and 

eDonough Counties, 111., in Salira, Eans., and Kokomo, Ind. For a time 
he was f in rcial secretary of Eureka College, Illinois. le is the pastor 
of the First Christian f r iscioles) Church of Kokomo, Ind. and ia president 
of the American Temperance ' oard of his ohurch. 

Kinzie Shields, son of Nathan V. Shields, was married a lady 
whose first name was Katie, second name unkown. He had at least tow 
children, Kinzie an- John A The son, Kinzie, was borr. in 1344, May, *, 
in Fulton, C our. ty, 111. He wa married to Susan .-inyery w ct. 25, 1867, and 
had six children, La^, Et ta, Suy, Battle V- , Lucy C. , and Hiram. 


John A. Shields was born in 18£L, In "Sid ana. *e was during 
his entire life a farmer, havin ■ died at the age of 72. He was married 
to Jane Smith in 1860, by whom he had two children, Fliza and Louis. 
She died in 187S, and the next year he war married to Melvina Hounds by 
whom he &ad one child. 

Joseph Shields, son of Joseph cf the ter brothers, was born 
in Harris ,n County, !nd. , in 1814. In 1828, with his mother andtwo of his 
brothers he went to Schuyler County, Indiana, and the next year he went to 
Suitor Co nty, Illinois. On Fab. 11, 1856, he was married to Rebecca 
?."iner, and their children were '--ary Ann, "athan, Fmizia, William, Eliza, 
Susan, Etvie, and Lucy. 

Asa L. Shileds, also a son of Joseph, was carried to '-ary ?iiner 
as his first wife, by whom ie bad ft son, John W. Shields, his second 
wife, to whom he was married in 1860, was Rachel Seehorn. John W. Shields 
resided in *erton Township, Pulton c o fcty, 1 11. , and was a farmer and -roeer 
Asa L . Shields, referred to tbove, was left an orpahn at the age of twelve, 
while livin- in _ Indiana, and soon after that hi norad to Woodford Township, 
Fulton Co rty, - L ll., where ir. 1829, he was married to l*ary, a daughter of 
John and -ary Miner. e had eight children by his first wife and four by 
his second. Heetifvad in the Union army daring the Civil ar . 







'. t 




Jesse I 

Shields Watson 


Catherine Watson 



7 at son 


"ark Watson 


&ate Watson (Beanblossoi;.) 
5. Ward B. Beanblosso:. 


Ward h. Watson 


^rgaret Watson 


U. Grant Watson 

5. Elsie Watson 
5. Blza Watson 
5. Edith Watsor. 
5. Edith W tson 
5. Flwood Watson 
5. Estyal Watson 


Nicholas Watson 


John Wat soil 


Adlcinson Watson 


A^nes Watson 


Rohcrt V<atson 


Prank Wat6on 

G. Jolin Watson 
5. -obert Watson 


timer 'atson 


Ella Watson (Flora) 


5. Beulah May Flora 



Watson (Hilar) 


Eli filler 


'•^ary Catherine iller 


4. ^ettie Miller 
3. ITurford ?'a tson 

4. Julia Watson (Neely'i 

5. Paul Neely 
4. Edward Watsan 

5. • enry Wa 4 : or. 

5. Shields Watson 

S. A^ner Jane Watson 
2. Ann Shields (Burford) 

5. Mary Jane Burford (Fleshman) 
4. Treor.-e 1. Fleshman 
4. Lyman Sylvester Fleshman 
4» S<mon E« Fleshman 
4. Simon E. Fleshman 
4- Ar Eur C&ry Fleshmar 
4. Charles L. Fleshman 
4. AquJla Fl-shmar 

3. Isabel Catherine ^urford (Highfill) 
4. Eary W. HighfUl 
4. r *iartha °ane Eighfill 
4. Helen A. Highfill (Taylor) 
B, Faye Taylor (Cline) 
4. Cary M. Highfill 
4. iv ate Isabel highfill 

5. i'iargaret Pamelia Burford (Highfall) 
4. %ry Jane Highfill 
4. Annie V. Gighfall 
4. Berury H. Highfall 
4. Warren 8. H ighfill 
4. Thoivas W. Highfall 

S. i,J arion Perrine Burford 

3. Ann Elisabeth Burford (Briley) 
4. Burf ore I , I'riley 
4. Elmer Ellsworth Briley 

S. Jesse Mil too Burford 

4. ^attio H. Burford 
4. Cora H. Burford 
4. Stella F« Burford 
4. Pearl Burford 

5/ Cary Sylvester Burford 

4. Nellie VL. Furford 
4. Jessie B. Furford 

3 Nancy Helen Burford (Vurphy) 
4. Edwin C. i'urphy 
4. '-race 1 "ruphy 
4. Viola urphy 
4. Blanch *"urp3ay 
4. Wayne Murphy 

8. William Thomas Furford 

4. Annie ^aud Burford 
4. Cary Clive Burford 

3. James CetricE urfod 

4. Ouy Ernest Burtford 
4. Ivan Furford 

3. John Hezekiah Burford 

4. °tho 'ay Eur ford 
4. Cary Clea Furford 
2- "ane Shields 
f, -argaret Shields (Beau) 

3. William Jasper Bean 

— 61— 

4. Jerry ^ee Bean 

'%. Sallia Seam 

4. Tugh Fletcher Bean 

4. John Edward eon 

4. *es3e Bell field Bean 

5. Alta ^arion Sean 

5. Willian Bean 

5. A en;ith lean 

5* Clifford Bean 

5. VSolet ean 

5. Ermett Bean 
4 Salter Clark Bean 

5. Yalter J asper lean 
5 Sarah Catherine Bean 
5. Agnes Anna -earn (Clark) 
•i. Ellon M. Clark 
4. Julia Beatrice Clark 
4. '■fcrtha Clark 
■'-.. Aita Keith Clark 
S. John Jarao Boan 

4. Aaron Lincoln .ean 
4. Dtvri*. 1 Thouas Bean 

5. Katie Bean (Layeock) 
fc>. Bonald Layeock 
6. Haph Layeock 

5. John Bean 

filliam J asper Eean 

o. David r as -ean 

4. Sar-h Agnes lean (Height) 

5. Ethel "'argaret Height 
5. Willia- B. Height 

6. 'argaret Bright 
6. Ctaniye Laight 
5. Herbert Laight 

5. Jaiaes Baight 

6. Sidney Height 

55. Eliz&bet.. Baight 
5. John Height 
Z. argeret ?ar_.elia Bean (Flora) 
4. BZxer B. Flora 
4. Ilorence Flora 
4. J 'anaital Flora 
4. Bliza Clara Flora (hays) 

5. Flora Bays (Sheranaker) 
G. -^len Shewmaker 
5. Sybil Bays (Yeager) 
£. Clo Yeager 
4. Eorace Flora 

b, efferson H. rlora 

5. Forrest -uster Flora 

B. --ennetn Flora 


Edward Flora 

5. j 'ea Flora 

6. iJ elen Flora 

5. Ruth Flora 


Cora Flora 


^innie Pearl Flora (Jones) 

5. Clarence Jones 


5. Margaret Jones 
5. Dudley Jones 
4. Carry I'lora 
3- iT 9Sse Shields Bean 

4. tfinneaota J ane ^ean (Houghton) 
5. Edward L. Houghton 
o. Harry Houghton 
4. Edward E. Lean 
3. Pleasant "^eedy Bean 
Z. Rachel Adeline . Bean (Lillians) 
4. -'artlia J ane 'Williams 
4. Seedy P. Williams 

5. Allan Williams 
5. Elizabeth Williams 
4. John Edward Williams 
5. Agnes. Williams 
5. Walter Williams 
. Effi, William 
5. " argaret Williams 
5, Clinton Williams 
5. Alta Lueile W lliaus 
4. ti arriet Williams Ac has on) 
5. Criffsth Aohason 
5. Phyllis Aohason 
5- Pron Aohason 
5. Martha Jane -ean 
2. John s hiel s 
2. Rac el Shields 

2. Hark Fox Shields 
8. Elizabeth Shields (l arsh-Eiller) 
I. Ann Raehel ^ai'sh (Mitchell) 
4. Nora Uitchel 
4. Edward ' itchel 
4. Janes T "itchel 
5. Eliza Helen i; arsh 
3. James IE i'arsh 
S. George A. Killer 
2. Catherine Shields (Hiaey) 

3. ;; ary Eisey 
2. Gillian T. Shields 

3. William T. Shields 

3. Epervia Shields (Zencr) 

4. Claude Zenor 
3. ''ease Shields 

4. Virgi© Shields 
4. Roy Shield* 

harlot; Shiedls 

l« Ida 


arry Shield* 


. Shield* 


Louise Shield* 


James Shield* 

5. Thiriel Shields 


Shield* (Cunningham) 


Hewitt Cunj.xngham 

\. L, 



Sallie Shields 


Sidney Shield* 

J. B 



Fedelia Shields 


4. Estyal Shields 
4. ^ladys °hields 
4. Clarice Shields 
S. "ark Fox Shields 

4. Ruth Shields (Russell) 

5. Virginia Lee Russell 
4. Jessie Shields 
4. Oeoria Shields 
5. A. L. Shields 
2. Helen Lydai Shields (Aydelott) 
5. Fliza Catherine Aydelott 
S . Robert Leffier Aydilott 
3. Robert Leffier Aydolott 
3. Benjamin Jesse fiydelott 
3. A nna Margaret Aydelott O'yers) 
4. Daisy Moyars 
4. Helen Catherine Moyars 
4. Peulah Peloris Moyars 
3. Fdwin Thompson Aydelott 
3. Charles William Aydelott 
3. T, Aydelott 

4. Charles William Aydelott 
4. Helen Margaret Aydelott (Jones ) 
5. Mary lf« Jones 
5. Lucil Delores Jones 
5. "arcus Carl Jones 
4. Carl Edward %-delott (Peyton) 
5. Boyd Clayton Peyton 
5. Helen Peyton 
4. Mamie ^ee Aydelott 
2. Mary Farmelia Shields 

Jesse Shields was the smallest and youngest of the ten sons of 
Robert a Nancy Stockton Shields, H© was born in the Shenandoah Valley of 
Virginia Mar, 10, 1782. In the autumm of the year 1784 he was taken with 
the family to Sevier County, Term. , wher- he lived untiil808. In 1805 
he was married to Catherine Fox, of Sevier County, wh was born Mar, 26, 
1786, and died at Mauckport, Ind. July 18, 1877. Jesse Shields was one of 
the emigrant party of Shields who left Sevire county in 1808 and settled 
■long the Ohio Ri ,er in Indiana. He and his family settled at Hipperdaui 
Valley, Harrison Cou ty, Ind., ten. miles southwest of Corydon. He became a 
man of prominence in county affairs, and died Sept. 16, 1848. He was buried 
in the Sh'elds plot of the Old Cross Roads Grave Y ard on the pike between 
Corydon and Mauckport, abo :t two miles from the latter place. 

They had twelve children, listed in the outline above. Of 
some of these and t eir descendatns we know but little. Jane was born in 
1807 and died in 1848- her husband was W M Morrison. John was born in 
1811 and died in 1841: his wife was Elisa ^arsh. Rachel "as born in 1812 
anil died in 1876; her first husband was William Moore, and her seoond H. G 
Barkwell, Mark Fox was born in 1313 and died in 1838. Catherine was born 
in 1819 and died in 18S7: her husband was Jonathan Misey, and they had a 
daughter Mary, who married Harace Soil er, "ary Parmglia was born in 1828 
and died in 1851. Bgr husband was Clark Highfill. uch information as we 
have of the other children of Jes;;e and Catherine Fox Shields is listen 
under their respective names below. 


Agnes, Dau ghter of Jesse Shi elds 

Agnes Shields, the eldest of the twelve children of Jesse and 
Catherine i ox Shiedls, was bonr in 1804 and died in 1878. She married 
Adinson Hill Watson in 1821. They had fourteen children as follows: 
fames B., married to J ane Hedges: esse S. , married to Alice travel; 
Catherine, Goodan, %k, married „6 ^ry Scoots, their children being '^ate, 
Ward H. , J "argaret, and U. "rantl Kate married henry Beanblossom, and has a 
son Ward H. Beanbloseom, whose wife is Nellie ' filler! Ward H. married a 
lady whose given name was Edith; U. Grant was married to *roaa Elwood, and 
they hare five children, Elsie, Elza, Edith, Elwood, and Estyal. Nicholas 
John, ^arried to a lady named mith; Adkinson, married to Agnes Hedges, 
and they have five childre : Agnes, whose husband is George H^g, Robert 
Frank, who was mrri< id to a -ar shall and has two sons, John and -"obert; Sliw 
and Ella, who married W. H. Flora, and whos e daughter is Beulah -^ay; RacheJ., 
who married a Milder, and their children are Eli, ui ary Catherine and Nettie; 
Burfotfd, who has two children, Julia, who married -'■'aniel ^'eely, and they 
have a son Paul Neely; and Edward, who has three children, Henry; Shields, 
married to Sidney Miller; Newton Jasper; and Agnes Jane. 

Ann, Daughter of J esse Shields 

Ann Shields, daughter of Jesse and Catherine Fox Shields, was 
born in 1806 and died in 1895. In 1829 she married Cary Burford, and they 
had eleven children, as follows: - j ary Jane, Isabel Catherine, ^argaret 
Parmelia, ^arion Perrine, Ann Elizabeth, Jesse Hilton, Cary Syi ve s';er, 
^ancy Helen, William Thomas, James Cetrick, John Hetekiah, and an infant 

a-ion Perrine was born in 1855 and died in 1841; the infant 
daughter eeferred to was born in 1848. The othere referred to more in de- 
tail below: 

-jary Jane ^urford was born in 1850, married Abraham Fleshman 
in 1850, and died in 1894. ^r chldren were C-eroge '".'.; Lyman Sylvester, 
born in 1854, married to c hristine Miller* died in 1914, had a son Herman; 
Sim-n E. , born in 1857, died in 1867; Arthur Cary, born in 1860, married to 
Eva L ee Kesler, resides in Louisville, Ky. ; Charles L. , born in 1R65, wife's 
maiden name was Hudson, has two children, %fly Jane an- Hudson, resides in 
Okmulgee, 0k la. ; Aqnila, born in 1P70, resides at ^ew Albany, *nd. 

Isabel Catherine ^-urford was born in 1831, in 1851 married 
James Highfill, and died in 1892. Their five children were -ary '., born 
in 1852, and in 1882 married Wilford Trotter; ^artha °ane, born in 1854, 
and in 1875 married Ephriam Stonecipher: ^elen K, born in 1857, in 1886 
married Henry 0. Taylor, and died in 1914, leavin ; a daughter, Faye, who 
married Chester Cltnej Cary K., born in 1859, in 1882 married to Lavina GrOve, 
and died in 1891, and ^ate Isable, born in 1864, in 1886 married Charlton 
L. Stevens. 

^rgaret Parmelia ^urford was born in 1855 and died in 1866. 
She married Thomas f. ^ighfall in 1852. Their children were ^ry J ane, 
born in 1855, died in 1861; Annie B. , born in 1856, married T. L u ovey, 
died in 188S; Henry H. , born in 185:; warren 8., born in 1861 and died the 
same year; and Thomas W. , born in 1862, and died the same year: and Thomas W. 
born in 1861, married first to Ada lA arshbarger, and second to Ada Ewbank. 


Ann Elizabeth -oirford was t.orn in 1866, in 1359 married Samuel 
Briley, and died in 1911. They had two children, Burford U, vorn in 1360 
in 1891 married to Clara Watson; Elmer Ellsworth, born in 1868, and in 1891 
married to Clara Watson; Elmer Ellsworth, born in 1868, and in 1891 married 
to U. u. Brier. 

Jesse Milton Burford was orn in 1338, in 1864 married to i%ster 
A Gessford, and married a second time in 1894 to Julia Hill* and died in 
1915. Their four children were Llattie H. g born in 1865, in 1893 married 
G. - . -Hastings; Cora U. , born in 1867, in 1890 married E. A- Stubbs; Stella 
F. , born in 1874, in 1897 married Chas- Andrus; an- p earl, born in 187S, 
died in 1892. 

Gary Sylvester ourford was born in 1840, and in 1865, was married 
to Barbara L. Weedman. They have two children, n ellie M, born in 1867, mar- 
ried first in 18"6 to ... I. Viandrews, and second in 1893 to Edward S. Bean 
J-ssis B., born in 1873, and in 1893 married W. R. Kincaid. 

Nancy H« len Burford was born in 1842, and in 1865 married Wm. 
W. Murphy. Their residence is at Parmer ^ity, 111. They had five children, 
Edwin C., ' orn in 1866, died in 1896, Grace, married Jenjamin Overstreet 
Viola, married Frank Swiney; Ealnch, married Alonzo Stur-ell; and Wayne, 
who is slao married. 

William Thomas B ur ford was born in 1844, married first in 1870 
to Lizzie fecket, and again in 1879 to ^ary K. McWilliams. Their two children 
are Annie ^ud, born in 1672, who in 1392 married Oliver L. Brown; and Cary 
Clive, who was born in 1832. 

James Cetricic burford was born in 1846, an- ; in 1870 was married 
to Lucy A otelj they reside in Farmer City, 111. Bheir two children are 
Guy Ernest, born in 1879, and in 1899 married to lX arriett Weedmar.j Ivan, 
born in 1881, and in 1907 married to Josie ^usbaum. 

Jo .r ^ezekiah Burford was born in 1849, and in 1880 was married 
to iiattie "*errifiedl. fhey have two children, w tho Ray, born in 1883 and 
Cary Clea, born in 18871 

Margareet, Daughter of °esse Shields 

%.rgaret Shields, daughter of J esse and Catherine Fox Shields, 
was born in 1809 and died in 1879. In 1830 she married Aaron ^igs ean. 
They had nine children, outlined above. 

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he was married to ^ry Shuck. Their six children were Jerry Lee, born in 
185S and died the same year; Sallie, born in 1854, died in 1858; Hugh 
Fletcher born in 1858, died in 1871; John Edward, born in 1861 died in 1881; 
*esse Bellfiedld, born in 1863, marri d to Euan Anderson in 1893, resides 
in Stone L ake, Wis. And has si* children— Alta *"arion, William Kenneth, 
Clifford, Violet, &n& Emmett; Walter Clark, born in 1879, in 1902 marreid 
Loi :se ""cCarear, has a son Walter Jasper, resides in Indianapolis, inda- 

Sarah Catherine r ean was born in 1833 and died in 1855 

Agnes Am a Pean was born in 1334 and in 1357 married Edward Clark 
of -"assachussetts. For many years the resieded at St. Peter, Minn., and 
since 1384 "5rs. Clark and her daughters have lived at 1470 Wesley Ave-, 


St. Paul, Minn. ri er daughters are Ellen""., Julia Beatrice, who is dead, 
Martha, and Alta ^eith. The writer has gecome well acquainted with these 
ladies and their other, h was through iss Ellen that I was started in 
my research of the Shields family, and she had furnished not a lifitle of 
the inspiration as well as information that has mde possible carrying it 
forward as far as it is now. 

John hames Bean was born in 1836 and died in 1^92. In 185& he 
was married to "-argaret Williams. T hey had three children**Aaron Lincoln, 
David 1'horias, and Sarah Agnes Aaron Lincoln B e an was born in 1861, and 
has bean married three times, respectively to Emma Warren, i^atie Davidson, 
and •'"attie Bery; he is Humane Officer, and r sides in Minneapolis, Minn. 
David Thomas ean was born in 1863, and lias been married twice, to ellen *%- 
Gann and Mary Lovejoy. His children are iv atie, who siarried Ralph Laycock, 
and has two sons, Bonald and Ralph; John; William Japser; and David Thomas. 
Sarah Agnes Bean was born in 1864, and carried James 0. ^aight. .ier seven 
children are Ethel Argaret who married iarry Hutchin in 1916; 
William B- , married to Ethel Sackett and has two children, ^argaret and 
Stanly ^rbert; James; Elizabeth: Sidney; and Jolin. 

Margaret Parmelia Eean was bom in 1838 and died in 1902. In 
185? she married J- H, Flora. They had nine children: ^lmer E. ; Florence 
■"annibal; • liza Clara who married F'airleigh ^ys, and who has a daughter 
Sybil who married: red Yeager, and they have two chldren, the elder being 
Clo. -^race, married to iiJ ary Best, and has three Children, u eff erson H. , 
Forrest Custer, and Kenneth; Edward, mar ried to ^l a Gilaore, three of 
their seven children be'ng Lea, Helen, and Ruth; Cora, aarried Stephen Richards 
Minnie r earl, residing in Louisville, Ky. , marri d Bj.dley Jones, and has 
three children, Clarencn, Margaret, and Dudly; Curry married Bird ^laine, 
and they have five children. 

Jesse Shields Bean was born in 1840, ai'd in 1867 married to Nancy 
Keithly, and he died in 1904. They had two children: I.iissesota Jane, born 
in 1868, in 1893 married Horace Hourhton, their children be'np; Edward L. 
and x: arry they: live in Sioux City, la; /Edward '., born in 1873, and in 
1893 was married to ^ellie -urford Andrews, resides in Denver. 

Pleasant lie-dy Bean was born in 1843, and in service for the Union 
Army was killed at the battle of Guntown, Term. 

Rachel Adleine Bean was born in 1845, and in 1866 married 
Griffith Williams, '^hey had four children, as Follows: ^rtha J ane "orn 
in 18o7 and died in infancy; ^edy ?. , who was married to Elsie Pomeroy 
and had two childre n allan and Eliaabeth: John E-iward, who was married 
to :nma Anderson, has six children: Ap;nes, Walter, Effie, ^ar^aret, Clin- 
ton, and Alta Lucile, harriet who married Archie Acv.ason, has three 
Children, Griffeth, Phylis, and Evan. 

artha Jane ean was born in 1847 and died in 1866. 

E lizabeth, Dau hte of J esse Shields 

'lizabeth, daughter of Jesse and Catherine Fox Shields, was 
born in 1816, and died in 1867. ^he was twice married, her first husband 
being Jesse ■••arsh, their children being Fliza '-elen an- Ann Rachel and James 
K. , and her second husband bein- Kdward Tiller, their child bein~ -eorge A. 


Eliza ^elen ^arsh married Luther Mi Her • Am Rachel i^arsh -Carried 
Dr. James Mitchell their children were Nora, Ed-ward, who married Harriet 
"-athes, and James, James K 1 "arsh was married first to a Mrs. Luce, and 
second to rila athews. George A. Miller was the only chile o Elizabeth 
Shields O'arsh) dller, and her second husband. 

■■illima T. , S 0r Q f ^ e8 se Shields 

William *. Shiedls, son of J esse and Catherine Fo* Shields, was 
born in 18^0 and died in 1900. He was foir times married, first to Lpervia 
to ancy, second to :i -ary " ller, and a third and fourth time to two Jamieson 
Sisters. He had nine children, William T. , ^oervia, Jesse Eli, Ca. ie, 
S L J. B., Mark Fox an^ A. L. 

Epervia Shields Married a *T, Zenor, an had several children, 
one being named Claude. Bli Shiedls was ma rried to A '/iss Eolliday; the r 
fo r children were ^arry, Ola who married A Ji r. F e ters, Louise and James, 
who was marriet to Allie Pitman, and in turn has a son Durrel. J esse 
Shield! -was married to a lady whose first name was Charlotte; he hda three 
children, Wir^ie, who married a Hademacher, Roy, and Charles. 

Carrie Shields married a Mr* Cunningham, and they had a son ^witt. 
G. L. Shiedls was married to ^adie Ricl^y, and they had two children, Sallie 
and "idney. J. B. Shields married a ^iss Bemer, and ehy had several children 
amon- them being Fidelia, Estyal, Gladys, and Clarice, "ark Fox Shields 
had three children, Ruth who married James *. Russell and has a daughter 
Virginnia ^ee: Jessie, and Georia. 

Helen Lydia Shiedlds, daughter of ^esse and Catherine Fox nields 
was born in 1326 and died in 1891. In 1852 she married .Charles Aydelott. 
They had seven children, ^liza Catherine, born in 1855; Robert -^effler, born 
in 1881, married John J. : oyars, and has three chldren, Daisy, Helen 
Canterine, and Beulah Delores, the latter havin • arried '-arlan "idners 
in 1916; Edwin Thompson, born in 1862; Charles William, born in 1865, died 
in 1914; 0. t. , born in 1868, married to Annie Lou Best, and has five 
children, Charles, ^elen "'argaret, Carl Edward, "ag ie ^ucile and ^-ainie ^ee. 

Of the children of 0. t. Qydelott, Charles William was born in 
Floyd Conty, Ind. , and in 1816 was married to ^-rene °olc :an; Helen ~argaret 
was born in 1891, and in l n 10 married ^^arcus Jones, their children being 

arv ". , Lucile Jelores, and -arcus Carl; Carl Edwar was born in 1893; 
Maggie Lucile was born in 1896, married boyd Peyton, and has two children, 
Boyd Clayton, and ^elen: -amie ""e e was born in b898 


Former InJianapolis Contractor was Native of Sey- 
mour—Funeral Friday. 

Ewing Shields, age seventy-one, former Ind- 
ianapolis contractor, die Wednesday forenoon at his 
home, 2535 Park Avenue, followin- a brief illness 
of heart disease. 

Mr. Shields, a resident or Indianapolis 
fi teen years, was born in Se m >ur, the city which 
hiagrand father, Heedy W. shields, founded. X1 e was 
the son of Lycurgus Shields. 

For many years r. Shields and his wife 
were active in work of the Methodist church, in later 
years at the Broadway II. E. church. lefore his 
retirement, Mr. Shields was hear of wing Shields 
&. Co. , and later of Swing Shields & Son, both of which 
were contracting concerns doing work throughout the 

Surviving are the Widow, Mrs. Battle Shields; 
Ewin ; ;, Jr., Greenfield, and a daughter, "rs. Ken- 
neth C. Iogate, Scarsdale, M Y. : two brothers, A. D. 
Shields, Terre Haute a sister, ^rs. "". R. Barnes, 
Terre Haute, and six grandchildren. 

Funeral services will ie held Friday at 
10:30 a. m. at the ho;^e. The body will then e taken 
to Seymour, where burial will be in the family plot. 


William Yeston Shields was born Deo, 16, 1817, and was placed 
to rest in the Vernon Cemetery ^ay 25, bu the side of a worthy wife whose 
death ocoured 25 years since. He had always enjoyed prefect health and 
retained his xaental vigor until the hour he ivas stricken with an accute 
cerebral congestion which terminated within 24 hours. 

^is death occurred in the home he had built fifty years since and 
on the farm he liad opera tod since 1839, except that while serving a term 
as clerk of this county during which he lived in Vernon. 

So far as known, he was the oldest native born oitizen of this 
county, iiis father, Col. ^ames Shields a native of Tennessee and a soldier 
of the war of 1812, entered and occupied before Indiana was admitted as a 
state what is shown on our county maps as the farm of J tones D, &eearnmon, on 
Sand c reek, above Brewersville. nt the time fo his birth in 1817 that part 
of Sand Creek was a favorite camping ground Of the Indians, and being the 
first white child born on that stream he was a great curiosity and the favor- 
ite of the numerous squaws and braves of the immediate vicinity, who insisted 
on and were allowed to ke p him in theri camp day after day during his 
ohildhoor. They always returned him to his mother safely and before night. 

tThile yet a mere boy he entered as a clerk in one of "the principal 
stores of i.iadison and continued in that capacity until his marriage in 1839 
to Miss Llizabeth Jane; i^avis, after which he began farmi □ . 

Mr. Shields was a man of the intellectual type, a persistent, un- 
tiring reader, a logical reasoner, a democrat in politics, a Materialist in 
belief ; and those who knew him besx say he has done more hadr work that any 
man who has ever lived in this county. 

During all his life as a farmer his home has been a favorite 
stopping place and "open to all without money and without price." Ee was 
a most genial and liberal host aod all will concede that his chief fault 
and weakness was a too great benevol&noe and kindness of heart that con- 
stantly prompted him to ive his earnings to those he thought in need. 

Two sons an three daughters survive him, one of when :.'.rs. ollie 
Baile • now onws and occupies Ms old home. She with her husband, Allen Bailey, 
have for the last six ears kindly and carefully cared for the wants fo 
their aged parent. 

D. A. E. Chapter erects tablet where Famous Old Rock House Stood 

Huntington, Sept. 18.— A brcnze tablet, marking the site of the Qld 
Rock house, the first tavern in the city of Huntington, was dedicated last 
nir-ht by members of the Baughters of the -nerican Re volution. 

The house -was built on the banks of the old .Yabash and Erie oanal 
by General John ^ipton in 1835. Later, it was used as a school and a com- 
munity center. General Tipton lived at Logansport and was federal land 
commissioner under General Hlliar-. Henry Harrison, during the period that 
the latter was governor of what tvas tne known &s the northwest* territory. 
He also was one of the prinoipal officers in command of the troops under 
Harrison at the battle of ^'ippecanoe. 



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